James Madison Papers

John H. Lee to James Madison, 4 April 1827

Daviess Cty Ky. Apl 4th 1827

Dear Sir

I some time since had an interview with Mr Bell and Mrs Tapscott on the subject of your business; thier letter to you was the result. In your letter to Mrs Tapscott you observe you are willing to make partial Deeds for partial Payments. I advised Mrs Tapscott only to ask of you Deeds for so much land as Mr Tapscott had sold; with this she appeared, at that time to be satisfied; but she has to day written me and request<s> me to urge you to make her Deeds for 666 2/3 acers; I will now give every information I have been able to obtain of the situation of both Bell and Tapscotts Estate; It is believed here that Bell owes money to the amt of 6 or 7000 $ exclusive of your demand against him, he has in possession 15 Negroes; and some personal property; this information I derive from Mrs Tapscott; Tapscotts Estates has in possession 18 Negroes; and small Tracts of Land on Cumberland River some personal Estate; and owe but little money. If you should not feel a willingness to make her title to the amt of her payment Deeds to 250 acres; which Tapscott sold would relieve her for the present; I cannot flatter you with the prospect of receiving money from either of them in any given time

Suits have been commenced vs Tapscotts Estate for the titles; on money paid by the purchasers of 250 acres; lands have fallen in value in this County & I believe: the holders of Tapscotts Bond would much prefer the money to Deeds; altho the purchas cost them much less than Tapscott agree’d to pay you for the land—I feel very confident it would be to Mrs Tapscott interest that you should commence suit on the agreement, before Bells Estate is entirely absorbed by his other creditors, some of whom threaten immediate suit; I have only further to add it will afford me much pleasure to aid you in the final setttlement of this business. With much respect I am Sir your obt Svt

John H Lee

RC (DLC: John J. Crittenden Papers).

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