Middleway Jefferson 23d. March 29
This will be handed you by Mr. Wm. R Griffith of Kentucky, a near neighbour and friend of Mrs Tapscott and Mrs. Bell—a gentleman who from letters from them, has taken a lively interest in their welfair—
Mr. Griffiths business carries him to the Bowling Green; he calls on you, with the view of making some arrangment respecting your claims on Mrs. Tapscott, which he flatters himself, may be made satisfactory to you, and advantageous to her—
Knowing nothing of the nature of this business, except, through representations from them, and the very frank and friendly communication from you, in answer to mine some two years since, I can form no opinion in the matter; yet I may be permitted to hope that some thing may be done to prevent the total ruin of the family of my old neighbour and friend, without in any way compromiting the interest of those fore whom you act—
Mrs. Willis unites with me, in our friendly salutations & best wishes for the health and happiness of yourself and family—With very sincere regard I am Dr Sir yours &c &c.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM: "Tapscott."