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James Madison to Edward Coles, 3 October 1834

Montpellier Oct. 3. 1834

Dear Sir

I have received yours of the 15th Sepr. and have commenced an answer; but interruptions of different sorts and my crippled fingers, make the progress very tedious. Tell me where an answer will catch you. Finding that I have in order to avoid the sale of Negroes sold land till the residue will not support them, concentered and increasing as they are, I have yeilded to the necessity of parting with some of them to a friend and Kinsman who I am persuaded will do better by them than I can, and to whom they gladly consent to be transferred. By this transaction I am enabled to replace the sum you kindly loaned me. For this purpose—I enclose a check for two thousand and fifty dollars on the branch bank of Virginia at Fredericksburg, the fifty dollars being intended to cover the interest accruing since May last. I wish I could have given a check on the Bank of the U. S. but I presume you can have the deposit transferred where you please which will be at my cost. With affectionate Salutation

James Madison

RC (NjP: Edward Coles Papers); FC (DLC).

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