James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Alexander J. Dallas, 4 May 1815

Montpelier May 4. 1815

Dear Sir

The Waggons with Mr. Jefferson’s Library are on their way to Washington, and will expect to be paid on their arrival. Not having the law on the subject of that purchase, I know not whether it includes an appropriation for the expence of transportation or leaves this to be paid out of any other & what fund. I must ask you to decide this point, & have the Waggoners paid without delay. They are I understand entitled each to $4 dollrs. per day, for 15 days, with the exception of one who will not arrive for some time with a few Cases of Books which did not accompany the others, and who is to receive at the rate of six dollars per day. Should my sanction be necessary in any form to close this little transaction, it will be added as soon as I receive notice of it. Mr. Smith (Comr. of the Revenue) has been so obliging to give some attention to the arrangement for conveying the Library, and will be requested, to relieve you from all the trouble, not officially essential. Accept my cordial respects & best wishes

James Madison

Do what you find proper in the case stated in the enclosed letter.


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