Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 286

Price Realized: $ 390
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(PRESIDENTS--1803.) Invitation to visit Secretary of State James Madison for dinner. Manuscript note in unknown hand to [John?] Smith of New York. One page, 5 x 7 3/4 inches, plus integral blank with address panel (no postal markings); folds, light toning to address panel. [Washington], 26 January 1803

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"Mr. Madison requests the pleasure of Mr. Smith's company to dinner on Saturday next at 3 o'clock." This note was apparently sent to Representative John Smith (1752-1816) of New York (see above). The day after the scheduled dinner, Madison sent ambassadors James Monroe and Robert Livingston to Paris to negotiate what became the Louisiana Purchase.