Williamsburgh June 26. 1779
A friend of mine (Mr. Henry Skipwith) is very desirous [of] locating 5000 acres of land in the country through which you will pass while running the line, and has desired me to engage some person to do it, to whom he will make a handsome compensation. I therefore take the liberty of recommending the business to you as I know you are as well able to do it as any body, and hope it will be made worth your trouble. He would have it in one body and on a watercourse. The earliest notice to him will be requisite. Perhaps Dr. Walker can assist in conveying that. I am Sir Your very humble servt.,
There is no indication of the name of the addressee of this letter. It was quite possibly addressed to Rev. James Madison, who on 24 June had been appointed (with Thomas Lewis and Robert Andrews) one of the commissioners to run the boundary line between Virginia and Pennsylvania (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , May 1779, 1827 edn., p. 64).