James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Phineas Bradley, 16 July 1818

From Phineas Bradley

Washington City July 16. 1818


I have the honour to enclose a bank note of fifty dollars for Dividend of S. Boat Stock N. 4 declared in Jany. last and for Dividend N. 5 declared this month (5 ds a share at each time) for which I hope to receive your acknowledgement. I have the honour to be most respectfully your obed servt

P. Bradley1

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Phineas Bradley (1769–1845), born in Litchfield, Connecticut, was a practicing physician before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1801, where he found employment as principal clerk in the General Post Office, in which his brother Abraham was assistant postmaster general. By 1828 Bradley was second assistant postmaster general in charge of mail contracts. He was dismissed during the Jacksonian purge of political offices in 1829 (Daily National Intelligencer, 1 and 7 Mar. 1845; Charles S. Bradley, “The Bradley Family and the Times in Which They Lived,” Records of the Columbia Historical Society 6 [1903]: 134; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States.… (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Miscellaneous, 2:311; Richard R. John, Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse [Cambridge, Mass., 1995], 71, 221–23).

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