To James Madison, Sr.
Richmond Decr. 27. 1785
Mr. Js. Davis has just handed your favor of the 24. inst. It is too late to revise the proceedings relative to the Trustees of Beverley. The Act authorises the Commssrs who are to settle your accounts to make a reasonable allowance for your trouble.1 I cannot get a copy of the Act without paying the £10. Capt. P. Barbour will inform you of Dean’s answer to his application. He carried a letter from me giving you an acct. of the latest proceedings of the Assembly.2 Nothing of consequence has been done since. It is uncertain when we shall rise. If an opportunity should offer, I shall be glad of the fresh butter at all events. I am with best regards to the family Yr: affe. Son.
J. Madison Jr.
RC (DLC). Cover addressed by JM, partly written over with ledger accounts in unknown hand dated “Jany. 2d. 1786.”
1. The elder Madison and George Taylor petitioned the Assembly for the appointment of examiners of their accounts dating beyond 1765 (Vi: Petition of Taylor & Madison, 15 Nov. 1785). The House referred the petition to JM’s Committee for Courts of Justice, which reported a bill on 1 Dec. that was finally passed on 3 Dec., when Joseph Prentis carried it to the Senate (JHDV description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg. Beginning in 1780, the portion after the semicolon reads, Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond. In the County of Henrico. The journal for each session has its own title page and is individually paginated. The edition used is the one in which the journals for 1777–1786 are brought together in two volumes, with each journal published in Richmond in either 1827 or 1828 and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , Oct. 1785, pp. 38, 53–54 and passim; Hening, Statutes description begins William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619 (13 vols.; Richmond and Philadelphia, 1819–23). description ends , XII, 219). The business began at the Oct. 1765 session of the House of Burgesses (ibid., VIII, 166–68).