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Madison and Richard Cutts’s Financial Difficulties

From: Madison Papers | Retirement Series | Volume 2 | Madison and Richard Cutts’s Financial Difficulties

This letter is the first serious indication of Richard Cutts’s financial problems, which eventually led to his bankruptcy and JM’s involvement in Cutts’s personal affairs. Cutts, a former U.S. congressman (1801–12) from Saco, Massachusetts, District of Maine, had married Dolley Madison’s beloved sister, Anna, in 1804. A member of a prosperous merchant and ship-building family, Cutts engaged in...
Yours of the 21st. Ult: came duly to hand. I thank you for your attention to the expected papers from Judge Washington. It was not my intention to trouble you with an application to him, but merely to receive & forward the papers which he was to put into your hands. I have sincerely sympathized with you in your pecuniary difficulties. Whatever inconveniencies may have resulted to myself from...