James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edward Tiffin, 12 July 1813

From Edward Tiffin

General Land Office July 12th. 1813


I had the honor to represent to you some time ago, that we had never heard that Mr. Cosby Land Commissioner of Pearl River in the State of Louisiana, had gone to his post in order to attend to the duties of his appointment, and that in consequence thereof part of the Delegation from that State were urging an other appointment1—since which time, I have received a communication and report from Mr. Cosby, stating the causes which delayed his arrival from which it appears, that He has been anxiously concerned to fulfil the just expectations of the Government, and is progressing in a satisfactory manner towards that object.2

Your much lamented indisposition has preventd my intruding this subject on your attention untill I was happily relieved by hearing the very pleasing information of you[r] recovery. With every sentiment of the most respectful regard I have the honor to be Sir your most obt servt

Edward Tiffin

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

2In his letter to Tiffin of 4 June 1813 (DNA: RG 49, Unbound Records Relating to Private Land Claims in Louisiana), James O. Cosby explained that his journey to Louisiana had taken “nearly four months” due to bad weather and the need to change his route to avoid following troops from Tennessee whom Cosby assumed would empty the countryside of provisions. Cosby assured Tiffin that he did not wish “to neglect the performance of any requisition of the law,” described in detail his efforts to collect information on land claims in his district, and enclosed “an abstract of the names of actual Settlers and the number of their claims.”

Index Entries