Mr. Stone, while on his way from Washington to his home district in North Carolina, promised to visit the place of the wreck to recover and return to Mr. Madison his articles which were on the wreck. Mr. Taylor reported in one of his letters that there were “…five boxes marked IMB and two boxes marked IMC and two Barrels … part of which are directed to you and part for the President.”
Mr. Taylor had the items, nuts and wine placed in a fire proof store in New Bern under the care of Francis Hawks, customs collector of New Bern. In April they were shipped on board the schooner Crispin, under the command of Captain Easton, to Mr. J. Brice, collector of customs for the port of Baltimore. Mr. Taylor forwarded the following bill of individual expenses along with the goods:
The Hnble James Madison, Esqr.
To James Taylor – paid U States duties on