James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Alexander Tunstall, 10 May 1820

From Alexander Tunstall

Collector’s office Norfolk May 10th. 1820.

Alexander Tunstall1 will attend with pleasure to the directions of Mr. Madison respecting a package containing two Books, which was received yesterday, per the ship Comet from London, directed to the care of Charles K. Mallory Esqr.2 He has no knowledge of the Cost of the Books, & therefore is unable to ascertain the duty on them.

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers).

1Alexander Tunstall (1787–1868), deputy collector of the Norfolk customhouse, was appointed inspector of the customs at Norfolk in 1832 (St. George Tucker Brooke, “The Brooke Family of Virginia,” VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends 14 [1907]: 438; Philemon Gatewood to Richard Rush, 12 Dec. 1825, and Louis McLane to Conway Whittle, 23 Oct. 1832, DNA: RG 56, Letters to the Collector, Norfolk, 1800–1833).

2Charles K. Mallory (1781–1820) was a Virginia legislator and lieutenant governor of the state during the War of 1812. In 1814 JM appointed him customs collector of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and he held this post until his death (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 5:44 n. 4; Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:450; Charlottesville Central Gazette, 29 Apr. 1820).

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