James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Taylor, 12 November 1805 (Abstract)

From James Taylor, 12 November 1805 (Abstract)

§ From James Taylor. 12 November 1805, Jefferson County, Kentucky. “This by Doctr. Nicholas a Respective Young Gentn. out of My Neighbourhood, Who Can Inform you of our Connections in this Neighbourhood of their Healths &c We have had the greatest drouth this Summer I ever Saw, but Still there Will be good Crops of Corn Where the land was Tolerable Well Tended I think I Shall Make about 400 Barrells from about 50 Acres of Land. Pork at 15/per. Ct. Wheat @ 4/ pr. Bushl. Money is Scarce With us & Foreign Articles Very high. Doctr. Nicholas Accompynies Some Indians going in to the Federal City.1 My Compliments to Mrs. Madison.”

RC (DLC). 1 p.

1In the fall of 1805 Benjamin Hawkins, agent to the Creek Nation, traveled to Washington with six of the Creek chiefs, where they signed a treaty amending a treaty originally agreed to on 3 Nov. 1804, by which the tribe sold land to the United States. The Senate had refused to ratify the 1804 treaty until modifications to the amount and method of payment for the land were made (Merritt B. Pound, Benjamin Hawkins: Indian Agent [Athens, Ga., 1951], 184–87).

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