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To James Madison from Hubbard Taylor, 9 August 1795

From Hubbard Taylor

Orange1 9th Augt. 1795

Dr. Sir

On looking over some of my papers found the Memdm. your brother Ambrose gave me. And also a copy of the entry of Mr. paynes, the former I send you, & a copy of the latter, as it was in a book. Majr Lee signifyed to me it wd. not be convenient for him to pay the next years taxes for many persons. I shall have to pay Majr Moore some money previous to my leaving this state; & should it be convenient to you to pay the ⟨amount?⟩ of your tax here to the Majr I could settle it for you in Kentuckey it wd. save the risque of carr[i]age, & wd. suit me better. I shall go by the springs & shall speake to the Old Gentleman your father on the same subject relative to his tax. Should this mode be agreable be pleasd to notify me thereof. May it not be proper to enquire wheather Mrs. paynes Lands2 has been listed if not it must be done by the last day of Novr. or a forfieture takes place by our Law. With sincere esteem I am Dr. Sir Yr Aff Hble sert

H Taylor

RC (DLC). Addressed by Taylor to JM at Orange; docketed by JM. Enclosures not found (the memorandum bound with the RC in the Library of Congress does not correspond with that described by Taylor).

1Taylor was staying in Orange County with JM’s relative Francis Taylor (Vi: Francis Taylor Diary, 7 Aug. 1795).

2Mary Coles Payne, Dolley Madison’s mother, later gave her Kentucky lands to her son, John Coles Payne (Dolley Madison to Anna Payne Cutts, 8 May 1804 [owned by Mrs. George B. Cutts, Wellesley, Mass., 1982]).

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