James Madison Papers

Richard Cutts to James Madison, 30 November 1826

Washington Novr 30th. 1826

Dear Sir

The Court of Chancery met on Tuesday last–Mr Vanzandt has not thought proper to proceed in his suit–No entries were made. The Clerk told me that on the receipt of your Letter he had abandoned all idea of further proceedings–As this was the first so I trust it will be the last attempt to disturb your repose on that subject–

Mrs. Cutts returned on Sunday–after a fatiguing journey–with a very bad cold–She is now much better—I am extremely sorry to learn from her the infinite distress Vanzandts proceedings–& the necessity I  was under of asking for further time in the payment of your Notes, has caused you–I could have had no controul over his conduct–as it has been such as to cause no intercourse between us, for several years past–With regard to the procrastination of the payment of your Notes–I have strove with every possible degree of cunning to meet them–but other Small payments <among> individuals that were distressing, & dividends to Mrs C–were the cause of it—The amount now due is twenty six hundred & thirty seven Dollars & 50 Cts. with interest–the payment of which I hope & expect to accomplish without further indulgence–which will leave only a few hundred Dollrs for the support of my Family in the Mean time. I received your friendly Message by Madison–for which please to accept my thanks–After I have taken up your next Note due in May–I shall avail myself of your kind invitation and visit Montpeler if possible Accept of my best wishes & believe <?> me to be with respect & este<em> Yrs

Richard Cutts

FC (MHi).

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