From Thomas and John Dickenson
[ca. 1 October 1791]
I Expected to a Seen you at Orange Court but Cannot Make it Convenient to Come Down, the Certificates that I left for You the Reason of their not b[e]ing in the Office if you Remember I Told you was by a Mistake of Mr Jno. Nicholas who informd. us that Such was not Cald. Down. The Office at that Time as I understand was Kept at Richmon[d] by Mr. Dunscomb, we Shall Take it as a great favour if you will Take them and get them into the Office Or what is Required Done and make Return of the Same to Col. Lindsay1 and your favour will Ever be Acknowledgd. by your Most Hbl. Servts.
Thos. & Jno. Dickenson2
RC (DLC). Addressed by either Thomas or John Dickenson to JM in Orange County. JM made a list of twenty-five Philadelphians on the cover. This letter and a 19 Dec. receipt from John Vaughan to JM for Thomas and John Dickenson’s certificates of registered debt are filed together with Reuben Lindsay to JM, 9 Dec. 1791, in the Madison Papers (DLC).
1. Reuben Lindsay (1747–1831) was justice of the peace, militia colonel, and county lieutenant of Albemarle County in 1781. He was the son-in-law of Dr. Thomas Walker (DAR Patriot Index, p. 417; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , II, 106, 332; Gwathmey, Historical Register of Virginians, p. 476; VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , X [1902–3], 203).
2. Probably John Dickenson (1731–1799) of Augusta County, who was a justice of the peace by 1770 and a militia colonel and county lieutenant during the Revolution. Thomas Dickenson presumably was his kinsman (DAR Patriot index, p. 192; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , I, 264; VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , V [1897–98], 154).