To David Gelston
[ca. 5 June 1817]
J. Madison presents his respects to Mr. Gelston1 and requests that he will forward the inclosed to Halifax N. S. by some early conveyance.
RC (Gallery of History, Las Vegas, Nev., 1998). Undated; conjectural date based on cover marked “Orange CH June 5th.” Addressed by JM to Gelston at New York and franked. Docketed by Gelston, “recd. 9th.” The enclosure was evidently JM to Valentine Gill, ca. 31 May 1817.
1. David Gelston (1744–1828) was a member of the Continental Congress in 1789 and held a number of political offices in his home state of New York, including collector of the port of New York, 1801–20 (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends , 17:419 n. 3).