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There is no Such Will as Joseph Smiths Recorded in the County of Orange. I am Sr. Yr. Hble Servt., RC ( MHi ). Addressed: “To Thomas Jefferson Esqr. In Albemarle.” James Taylor was clerk of Orange co., 1772–1798 (Frederick Johnston, Memorials of Old Virginia Clerks , Lynchburg, 1888, p. 271).
The enclosed letter accompanied with a pipe of wine came to my hands a few days ago—I was requested by the Gentlemen in Madeira to receive the wine & store it, & to inform you of the arrival of it. As you had directed the wine to be shipt to Alexandria, they were in doubt if it would be agreeable to you to receive it here, & in that case I was to dispose it on their acctt & they should embrace...
I had the Honor of yours of 22d febry & agreeable to your request have forwarded the pipe of Wine by a ship, the Captain of whom promises to deliver it safe at your own door —Mr Newton says he will pay the freight, Duty & charges as below—I presume the House in Madeira mentioned their having drawn a Bill for the amount of this Wine, which I have in possession, & shall wait your Directions...
As there are sundry Credits to the State of N. Carolina existing on the books of the Treasury of the U.S. The vouchers of which the undersigned Agents of said State are not in possession of whereon to Support the claims of said State for such credits, We take the liberty to solicit that you will be so good as to direct the proper Officer to furnish us on or before the 30th instant with an...
On the 18th. Instant Mr. Thomas had the Honor to address you on the Subject of the pensions paid to invalids by the state of N. Carolina, since which we have found that payments made by that State to Widows & orphans of deceased officers are in the same predicament. We therefore respectfully request that with your answer to Mr. Thomas’s letter you will favour us with your sentiments on the...
This Afternoon we were honor’d with yours of the 3rd instant, in which you request to be informed, “ Whether the State of North Carolina has ever issued its own Certificates in lieu of those of the United States ,” together with our “ opinion of the real state of the thing .” In answer to the first after giving the most ample investigation to the subject which the means in our power would...
Norfolk Is. James Hunter, of Portsmouth in Virginia, came personally before me, and made oath on the holy Evangelists, That he never considered the honorable Major General Greene, either directly or indirectly concerned or interested in a purchase of goods, made by John Banks in Charleston, on the proper account and benefit of the following persons only, viz: John Banks, Robert Forsyth,...
Abstract. 8 July 1792, Orange County, Virginia. Indenture by which John Lee and his wife Elizabeth of Orange County sold to JM for £510 “current money” 800 acres of land in that county “Adjoining the land of Johnny Scott, John Daniel, Coleby Cowherd and Jonathan Cowherd.” Witnessed by Thomas Bell, Charles P. Howard, Ambrose Madison, and Alexander Shepherd. Recorded by James Taylor, Orange...
I Just Write you a few lines Which Will Inform you that my Family and Freinds in these parts are all Well. I pray this may [find] you and our Freinds in Orange in the Same State. I have Nothing New to Write. We have had a Very Favorable Winter not having had More than 7 or 8 Inches Snow added Altogether. We are Very Anxious in this Country to know Who is to be our President We Understand that...
On the 29th. inst. I shipped by direction of Col: Newton 2 pipes Brazil Wine, by the Sch: Margaret Tingey, for which the Captain neglected to give a receipt, or to call for a letter—I hope it will get to hand without accident as a passenger on board promised to take particular care of it—I have reserved two pipes more, one, or both, of which shall be forwarded when you may think proper to...
14 June 1801, Campbell Courthouse, Kentucky. Requests information on land deed that he sent to city of Washington sometime in 1800 to be patented. Recommends Dr. John Sellman of Cincinnati, “a decided republican,” to be marshal for the Northwest Territory. RC ( DLC ). 3 pp.; docketed by JM.
I am directed by Col: Newton to furnish you with two pipes of wine, which I have this day shipped on board the sloop Maria Capt: O’Meara, to the address of Mr: John Barnes, of George Town—the account is annexed—The quality is similar to that I sent before & I hope will give equal satisfaction— I am respectfully Yr: ob: servt. T. Jefferson Esqr. to James Taylor jr. Dr. 2 pipes Brazil Wine 350—...
September 1803 . Encloses an account for a hogshead of “Brazil Wine … shipped by order of [his] friend” Thomas Newton, Jr. “It was overlooked till this moment. I will thank you to remit” $177.13 “by a check from the cashier of the Branch Bank of Wash. on the Department here.” RC ( DLC ).
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Colo. Thos. Sandford a member of Congress from the district in which I live. Colo. S. has lived a near neighbour to me for several years, I know him to be a firm republican warmly attached to the present administration and the measures pursued by it. He has been for several years a public man and is esteemed for his good sense great decision and...
10 October 1803, Campbell County, Kentucky . Has been “solicited by Harry Toulmin” to assist him in gaining an appointment “in the Judiciary of the government that will be probably organized in the country lately ceded to us by France.” Toulmin has been secretary of Kentucky for the past seven years. Taylor believes “he has discharged the trust faithfully” and thinks him “a man of most...
Colo. Ludlaw the Regester of the Land office at Cincinnati having lately died, and Doctr. John Sellman having business at your City has some thoughts of making application for the appointment. I am well awar of the many applications made to the heads of departments for Offices & requesting inteferences for friends, which is no doubt disagreeable: But hope Sir you will pardon the liberty I take...
§ From James Taylor. 12 November 1805, Jefferson County, Kentucky. “This by Doctr. Nicholas a Respective Young Gentn. out of My Neighbourhood, Who Can Inform you of our Connections in this Neighbourhood of their Healths &c We have had the greatest drouth this Summer I ever Saw, but Still there Will be good Crops of Corn Where the land was Tolerable Well Tended I think I Shall Make about 400...
Agreeable to my promise I now send you a pacage of the Monthly or Alpean strawberry vines, also some Grafts from my Nectarines, among the slips I have put two twigs of what is here called, the Magdaline peach, these can be easily distinguished, as the bark is quite yellow. I have put up both the Strawberrys and Grafts with Moss which I have moistened and hope they will get safe to hand, and...
Agreeably to my promise I now send you the Monthly Strawberry vines promised you when I had the pleasure of seeing you at the City of Washington. I also send you some Nectarine grafts, the fruit of which is superior to any thing of the kind I ever tasted. They are called the Rose coloured Nectarines, they are of the free stone kind, are large and of a tolerable deep red on the out side. I have...
§ From James Taylor. 18 August 1806. “This by Wm. Dabney Strother Taylor, Second Son of Col. Richd. Taylor, he is a Very Senceable, Inteligent young Man, he Can give you as good an Account of this Western Country as any man I Know. I have desired him to Call on you, Should you be in Orange, he goes in Compy. With my Grandson J. T. Pendleton Who has been to this Country to See it, I Shall refer...
§ From James Taylor. 22 September 1806. “I Wrote you a few lines by Wm. D. S. Taylor in Which I recommended you to him for the News of this Country, Since he Went away I Understand he Wished to get Some Appointment into the Service of the U. N. States if there Should be any Vacant Either by Sea or Land Which he Would Except of I am Sure he Would give Satisfaction he has a Very good Education...
Your friendly letter of the 20th. of april in answer to the one I had the honour to address to you at the time I forwarded the strawberry vine & cutings came duly to hand. I assure you I shall think my self amply paid for the trouble of forwarding them if they should flourish & you should deem them worthy of your acceptance. It gave me great pleasure to hare [ sic ] by my friend Genl Sandford...
"As to the instruments to distribute the money and procure provisions" I presume you have information as to what has been done in this line at Marietta. I possess none spacific. As to Cincinnati, I know of none avowedly done at this place. Great quantities have been forwarded by the contractor. I had a conversation with Genl. Sandford as to my impressions concerning a certain character and...
Judge Coburn a particular friend of mine & a Matrimonal connection (Mrs. Coburn being a Sister of Mrs. Taylor) has requested me to drop you a line soliciting your aid in the procurement of some appointment in upper Louisiana. The following is an extract of his letter on the subject. "A desire to make some more effectual provision for my increasing family induces me to renew my application to...
A particular friend of mine James W Moss, who is a brother of Mrs Taylor has requested me to lend my aid in procuring him the appointment of Surveyor of the Port of Limestone (or Mays-Ville) in Mason County in this State. He informs me that by a law of the last Session that place, among others, in the Western country is made a port of Entry. Should this be the case & it is not imposing too...
I had the Honor to receive your letter of the 28th. Febry., only the 6th. Instant; it was retained in this Town, some days, under the expectation of my arrival here to ascertain the duties on that part of the Cargo of the Brig Jacob, in my Custody. I have now come for that purpose but all the Invoices have not yet come to hand. Your articles Sir shall be sent, either to Norfolk, Baltimore or...
I inclose you one of the Cincinnati Newspapers for your perusal. The piece relating to Wilkinson & Burr appears to me to be a good Idea of the subject. It is written by Capt Stoddard commanding at this place. Be so good as to accept with Mrs. Madison Mrs. Taylors & my best respects and believe me to be with great respect & Esteem Your friend & Obt Servt P. S. The Grand Jury has found a bill...
Genl. Carbery expecting to be in the City of Washington has been good enough to take charge of a package for me to you. I beg leave to introduce the Genl. to your acquaintance. He has resided in our Village for the most part of a year, since which there has been the strictest intimacy between us as well as between our families. I flatter my self you will be pleased with him as I think he is...
I take the liberty to inclose to you three Surveys in order to Obtain Patents on them, and for that purpose I beg leave to solicit your friendly assistance. One is in the name of my self & Tho: Fox, an Other assigned to me by our friend & acquaintance Major Wm. Taylor. The other is a Survey made for our diceased friend Colo. F Taylor and sold to me by the Executors or at least one half. The...
It gives me pleasure to inform you, that your wine and nutts cast away on this coast in the Brig Jacob: Easton Master, are now shipped on board the Schooner Crispin Harremberg Master, and are consigned to the Collector of Baltimore. As the nutts appeared by the Packages, containing them, to have received some damage, I appointed two Merchants to appraise them, so that the duties should be...
The Hnble James Madison Esqr. To James Taylor paid U States duties on 40 Gals. white wine a 35/ 1000 14 " " " 5 1/ 3 Groce bottles a 60/ 100 80 14. 80 " Wm Hollister & Coy., Storage 3 months 4. " Paid Cartage & lighterage from the wreck of the Jacob, to the Sloop Union }
Your favour by Genl. Carbery was handed to me a few days ago for which please accept my thanks. By the present Mail we have received accounts of the bills of Indictment found by the Grand Jury at Richmond. This information appears to give great pleasure to all, but the Federalists & some of them appear to be pleased or affect to be so. For my own part I gave you my opinion at an early stage of...
I am this far on my way to Richmond & have just time to drop you aline. At the time my letter from the Atto. Genl. arrived I was from home about 30 Mile distant. It was sent to me & in two days I set out for Marietta I have in consequence of instructions recd. from the atto. Genl. summonsed five Witnesses, two of whom will testify to the veracity of Taylor & Albright & some other matters of...
Some time last Winter inclosed to you a Survey in the name of Francis Taylor & at the same time mentioned to you that my brother in this State or my father was in Possession of an assignment from the executors of Colo. Taylor to my self; and that I had requested them to forward it to you in order that a Patent might issue in my name. You acknowledged the recipt of the Survey and Observed that...
I must solicit your pardon for addressing you on the subject of a successor to Charles Kilgore Esquire decd. late Register of the land Office at Cincinnati, whose death has no doubt been announced at the City before this. George Gordon esquire of Cincinnati has written to me on this subject and has solicited my aid to procure the appointment. I consider Mr. Gordon a very worthy man & well...
On the 12th, Ulto, the Brig Jacob, N W. Easton Master from Bordeaux bound to Baltimore was cast away on the banks of this Coast; among a number of Articles on board; of which the Captain had no Invoices, are five boxes marked JMB two boxes marked JMC, and two barrels; part of which are directed for you, and part for the President. In the discharge of my official duties, I was obliged to take...
I hope this will find you perfectly recovered from your indisposition with which I was sorry to find you were afflicted. I also hope this will find my good friend Mrs. Madison in good health also Mr. & Mrs. Cutts. I sincerely simpathize with both Mr. Jackson and his friends in the late truly lamentable domestic afflictions that have been added to the catilogue of his misfortunes since I had...
This day upon an interview all differences between the undersigned were accommodated H. Carbery declaring that in his answers to certain interrogatories proposed to him by John Smith of the State of Ohio relating to James Taylor that he had not any intention to affect the credibility or injure the reputation of the Said Taylor, and the said Jas. Taylor on his part retracting & withdrawing all...
On the 4th. Ulto I wrote to Mr. Graham and inclosed a Certificate from And: F. Price which I requested Mr. G. to shew to you. This statement cannot fail to convince any one who sees it that my statement is correct with regard to J Smith. Genl. Carbery reached this quarter about the 8th. Ulto: He came over & expressed to a friend of mine great regret that I could believe for one moment that he...
Your very friendly letter of the 20th. of Augt. came duly to hand, for which, accept my sincere thanks. It affords me great pleasure that you approve the adjustment of the affair with Genl. Carbery. Your Observations relative to mistakes that frequently happen as to misunderstandings of conversations, blending of different conversations of different Men &c are very just, and in no one instance...
Will you be so good as to give the enclosed letter to Mr. Graham your self, as it contains a draft for $1000. to be forwarded to my good old father. We have but little new in this quarter. It is said Gov: Scott H. Taylor & Judge Trumble are three of the electors. It is uncertain who the fourth on this side of the State will be. How ever it will be republicans. Genl. Sandford & Genl. Jos:...
Before this can reach you you will have entered up the duties of the high and important trust of President of the U: S. and I sincerely congratulate you on the event. I regret extremely that you will enter on the duties of your Office at a time so tempestuous and difficult, but Knowing your experience, judgment, moderation and firmness I felicitate our countrymen generally on your elevation to...
James W. Moss e[s] quire now of Mason County in this State has made some arrangements to move to that part of the Indiana Territory which appears by a late law of Congress to be made a Separate Territory. He has suggested to me a wish to recieve some secondary appointment in the Illinois Territory, such as Secretary, Register or reciever of public Monies or indeed any other you might please to...
We have just rec[e]ived your Speech here and I assure you it appears to be much admired even by the Federalist of Cincinnati. Mr Rowan passed this about 10 days ago he spoke of it & your self in respectful terms, which was more than I expected from his opposition to the late Administration generally. He observed & it appeared to be assented to by several of the highest Federal characters in...
I am informed by The Honble John Coburn that he has lately rec[e]ived a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury informing him that he must not draw on him for his Sallery until he explanes the Circumstance of his bills being uniformly dated from this state. From the intimacy between us & the connection between our families I think I have a pretty correct Idea of his veiws & intentions and I...
I take the liberty of calling your attention to the situation of the claim to Land of a Number of the Officers (and their representatives) of the Va. Cont. line. I am the agent of a number of Persons whose claim I am sure amount to at least 40,000 acres which have been located North of the Indian boundary line & south of a line to be run from the head of the Little Miami to the head of the...
Some time last fall Lt. Hezekiah Johnson of the United States Army was here and expected to procure a furlough soon after, to go to Maryland, the place of his birth. I took the Liberty to give Mr Johnson a line to you, this I the more chearfully did, as I conceived him to be a Warm friend both of your self & my own. I conceive him to be a sound republican an excellent Officer and very much the...
I hope this will find yourself & my amiable friend Mrs. Madison in good health, also her son. My family is in good health except my self. I have been much indisposed for about two Months, but have been able to go about principal part of the time. I am in hopes I shall gain strength as the weather is geting cooler. We have had a fine crop of grapes this Season for the age of my Vines. We often...
9 November? 1809, Newport. Capt. Jervis Cutler has solicited Taylor’s intervention on his behalf. Cutler has been dismissed from the service, probably owing to an allegation that he had interfered in the election of a congressman in Ohio. Cutler denies charge. Taylor praises Cutler’s abilities as a recruiter. RC ( DLC ). 3 pp. Dated “9th. 1809.” Docketed by JM. Address on cover indicates...
I have this moment reached this am informed that The Honble John Coburn has been recommended by many of the respectable Citizens of St. Louis as the successor of Governor Lewis. Having heretofore expressed to you my high Opinion of Mr. Coburns Capacity & disposition to serve his Count[r]y it would appear superfluous to say much in this letter. I shall only say that I am clearly of Opinion that...