From Thomas Richards
Orange Mills 23d April 1811
It has been stated to me that the term for which you rented your mills is about to expire, and that the present tenant will not continue longer, if this be correct, Permit me to enquire whether you are disposed to rent them again, and if you have made any disposition of them.—Being unknown to you, it may not be improper merely to mention, that I have been some years engaged in the milling business at my own mills in the County of Orange and at the Mills which formerly belong’d to the Messrs Madisons, to whom, and to most others in the county, I am well known.—You will do a favor to let me hear from you on this subject at your convenience
RC (MHi); addressed: “The Honble Tho Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Orange Court House, 27 Apr.; endorsed by TJ as received 1 May 1811 and so recorded in SJL.
Thomas Richards, a resident of Orange County, managed mills owned by James Madison’s family. He unsuccessfully sought federal appointments as surveyor at Saint Louis and collector at Norfolk (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Sec. of State Ser., 4:223–4; Richards to Madison, 9 Nov. 1809, and Richards to James Monroe, 24 Nov. 1813 [DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17]).