James Madison Papers

John Hartwell Cocke to James Madison, 29 November 1827

Bremo Nov 29 1827.

Dear Sir,

I write chiefly to acknowledge the rect. of yours of the 19. together with the letters it inclosed. I am content to make the effort with the present Hotel keepers under your view of our restricted powers, but I am in duty bound to add that new developments daily convince me that we shall have finally to get rid of the present set. I was informed this week at Fluva. Court by Mr. Gilmer of Charlottesville, that he had an Execution against the body of five out of the six, and he knew or had heard of others in the hands of other Lawyers.

You will have recd. my last letter apprising you of the unexpected difficulty with Dr. Jones, rendering a meeting of the Board next Month more necessary than we hitherto expected—I have recd. a letter from Mr. Cabell since he got to Richmond & had had a conference with Mr. Johnson, in which he says, "We unite in the opinion that there ought to be a meeting in Decr. and propose to attend. He (Mr. J) will write to Mr. Loyall We understand it to be the 2d. Monday, the 10th. Decr. Postpone writing farther to Mr. Short. You had better write to the Rector, also to Mr. Monroe & Genl. Breckenridge." I presume there is no chance at this late period to give Genl. B sufficient notice to admit of his attending, and it will be unnecessary as to Mr. Monroe, being informed at our Court a few days ago by Mr. Gilmer that he had recd. intelligence from Col. M. that he would be at Charlottesville about the time of the proposed meeting.

I shall leave home tomorrow for Richmond but expect to return in time to attend the meeting—With assurances of my high respect & Esteem I am Dr. Sir your Obdt. Servt.

John H. Cocke sen.

RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.

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