From William Walker
Madison County 28th Aprill 1796
Last November Colo. George Hancock1 on his Way to Congress Cawl’d on Me ad. prevail’d on me to Give up pattans for Abought five thousand Eight hundred Acres of Land Which Was in pardnership Betwen him and my Self Which he Was to Sell But Was Not to take Less then four Shillings per Acre for my part and if he Sold it he Was to Lodg the Money for my part With you; I then Rote to you2 Informing you of the Matter; But as I have Never heard a Word from you Nor him I have Made free to Wright to you again and Should Be Glad to Be Informd Somthing abought the Business and if he Should Sell any troble you Should Be at in Recveing the Money and Sending it to me or William Lovell3 of fredericksburgh Will Be thankfully Paid By your Most humle. Servt.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. Hancock represented the Fifth Virginia District, composed of Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin, Henry, and Patrick counties, in the Third and Fourth Congresses, voting first as a Federalist, then inclining to the Republicans after Jay’s treaty (Parsons et al., United States Congressional Districts, p. 72; Risjord, Chesapeake Politics, pp. 449, 514, 659 n. 19; PJM description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (1 vol. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 7:415 n. 2).
2. Letter not found.
3. William Lovell was a justice of the peace in Fredericksburg (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , 6:652).