To John Tayler1
Philadelphia Feb. 18. 1792
Capt Williamson2 who will deliver you this, was formerly a British Officer. He comes to this Country to take the direction of a settlement about to be made in the Western parts of our State, by a Company of Gentlemen in England, who purchased a tract of land from Mr. Morris.3 He has I understand become a Citizen of The United States, and is, I am well assured, very friendly to them. He appears to be a Gentleman and a man ⟨of sen⟩se. Under these different titles, ⟨I take⟩ the liberty to recommend him to yo⟨ur at⟩tention and Civility.
With great esteem & regard D Sir Your Obedient serv
John Taylor Esqr
ALS, The Newberry Library, Chicago.
1. Tayler was an Albany merchant and land speculator.
2. Charles Williamson, a land promoter in the Genesee country in western New York, had arrived in the United States late in 1791. Born in Scotland, Williamson came to New York as agent for the Pulteney Associates, a group of British investors associated with William Johnstone Pulteney, who was a member of Parliament and one of England’s leading land speculators. Pulteney had bought lands in the Genesee country from Robert Morris.
3. Robert Morris.