From Joseph Hamilton Daveiss
cornland near yellow Banks 20. Decr 1805
From the answer to my letter respecting the panther creek lands with which you honoured me about three years ago,1 I was oblidged to pursue the caveat against the heirs of your respected Father, and by the Judgment of our District court theron, recovered the premises in controversy, together with $66.45.3 costs, as you will perceive by an extract from the clerks office enclosed.2
I have deemed it more proper to apply to you for payment of these costs, than to pursue by execution the recovery of them out of the lands owned by yourself & your coheirs in this country. Should you approve of this course, be pleased to pay that sum to the Hon. Albert Gallatin & enclose me his rect. or a copy therof. But if you think it inexpedient to do so, be so kind as to notify me of such decision. I am very respectfully yo mo ob. servant
J. H. Daveiss
RC (ViU: Madison Papers, Special Collections).
2. Enclosure not found.