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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...
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.
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...
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...
I have taken the liberty of inclosing to you a letter to my friend Mrs. M and one to Mr. Coles. I hope this will find your self and Mrs. M in the enjoyment of perfect health. It leaves my family and our friends generally in the enjoyment of that blessing. I am sure you are pleased at the event of our election, The result in Lyons district will shew that when ever a man deviates from Correct...
The enclosed pamphlet was this day given to me by Genl. James Findlay of Cincinnati. I endeavored to Obtain his opinion as to the effect it would have, he appeared unable to answer me, and said he could not make up his mind fully on the subject as he had just got hold of it; That he was of opinion it could not rise into a Matter of great mischief, but found there were men supporting it of more...
Be so good as to make my best respects to Mrs. Madison & inform her I have recd. her very friendly letter of the 10h inst and will answer it shortly. I am much pleased to understand that our differences may probably be adjusted with all the Billigerents. I was at my brothers lately himself & family were well, and our fri[e]nds generally are so in this state. If Mrs. Washington is with you be...
I think it my duty to inform you that a man by the name of Benja. W. Lad from Virginia and Genl. Duncan McArthur of this state has lately made a number of entrys & surveys on lands that have been sold out by the U:States West of the line run by Ludlow from what he supposed the head branch of the Little Miami to the head of the Sciota. It is beleived and I have no doubt but that Ludlow struck...
I promised to drop you a line on the subject of the petition &c. I did my self the pleasure to address to you some time since. I am happy to inform you that I am of opin[i]on there is nothing to be apprehended from this association. Indeed I am informed it is very unpopular among the land holders in that quarter of the state where it has met with the most countenance. The Legislature of this...
Judge Coburn informs me his commission as Judge of Louisiana expires in November next during the recess of Congress; that under similar circumstances a Commission was renued (before it had expired) so as to prevent a failure of an important term of that Court. I expect the Judge will write to you on this subject and state to you the reason why it would be proper to renew his commission during...
Inclosed I send you a letter I lately recieved from my friend Judge Coburn. It was intended for my sight alone; but as it explains the cause why he did not attend his Court in Louisiana last Spring, I had a wish that you should see it from under his own hand. This letter contains some expressions which so well comports with my own sentiments & feelings, as to our political & foreign relations,...
I am informed that application will be made to you in favor of a Mr. Sloo for an appointment as Indian Agent. He informs me that he was in the revolutionary army from nearly the beginning to the close in the quarter Master department, & that his father was an officer during I think the whole War. I have known Mr. Sloo for a number of years slightly but not well enough to speak of my own...
I have taken the liberty of troubleing you very frequenly lately on the subject of my freinds, I must now say a word or two as to my self. You Know that I have for many years done the duty of U:States agent in this State, and I trust I have discharged the trust with punctuality and fidelity. I suppose from the present appearances of our Affairs that there will be some purchases to be made in...
I have the honor to inform you that having been honored by the Hon Secy. of War with the charge of furnishing the transportation & supplies for the Ohio Troops to Detroit & the Pay Master having requested me to advance the Troops their pay as it may be due, and in consequence of the Warm solicitations I have recd. from Gov Miegs & Genl Hull I have concluded to accompany the Ohio Troops to...
I have just recd a line from my friend H. Clay esqr. informing me of my rejection by the Senate. I have just written to the Secretary of War & enclosed him Mr Clays letter and requested him to hand it you afterwards. Mr C. informs me that Major Morison is to be nominated. If he appl[i]ed for the appointment or his friends urged his nomination before I was rejected I should suspect that he had...
I have the honor to inform you that we reachd this place on the 6th. inst in good Spirits & health generally. We have been so unfortunate as to have all our public stores taken by the British with I think four officers & Twenty three non commissioned officers & Privates and a great lot of our private baggage. The Genl. was so desirous that we should arrive at this place that he did not...
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Genl. James Findlay a particular friend of mine. The Genl. Commanded one of the Regiments from this state who were unfortunately Compeled to surrender prisoners of War at Detroit on the 16t. August. The Genl. has been induced to take Niagara and Genl. Dearborns head Quarter in his way to the City of Washington. I refer you to Genl. F for any...
I have the honor to inclose you a Copy of a statement made at Cleveland in order to send on to our Army which I supposed was proceeding on toward Detroit. I did myself the honor to give one to Genl Wodsworth & to forward to Genl Harrison & Gov Meigs each one. When I arrived at Urbana I was very unwell & indeed became ill before I left that place. I fully intended to have seen Genl Harrison,...
I most sincerely congratulate you on the Certainty of your being again called on to Preside over the destinies of my beloved Country, but I more particularly congratulate my country, as I conci[e]ve it a most fortunate occurrence that could have happened, both as it relates to the Man & principle. I hope Genl Harrison will be more fortunate with the Present N. W. Army than the a[r]mies lower...
I had the pleasure of seeing Govr. Howard lately and was much pleased in hearing from his own lips an account of his efforts in protecting the frontier of his Territory. Would it not be well to confer the rank of Brigadier Genl on Gov Howard. He is a Military Man & it appears to me that all the Troops in his Territory ought to be under his command. He would accept of it & receive either the...
When an Individual undertakes the developement of his own peculiar situation, should Egotism be prominent, it is almost unavoidable in common cases: But when he has the Honor to address the Chief Magistrate, as is the Object of the present, it becomes then of primary necessity. The person who has now that Honor, has much to say of his unprecedented persecutions, of his ruined Fortune, But of...
I have the honor to enclose to you a letter I have just receivd from Doct Charles Taylor Jr. I presume it is unnecessary for me to say any thing of this gentlemans claim to your attention, as I presume you know him personally. As to my self I know but little of him personally; I had the pleasure of Spending a day with him when I was in Virginia three years ago. And I have had a number of...
I have taken the liberty of recommending to the Hon. Secry of War among other persons to be appointed officers from Kentucky. Hubbard Taylor Jr son of my brother for the appointment of Captain and Nathl. Pendleton Taylor for the same appointment should there be vacancies, I believe you saw Hubbard on his return from Litchfield, He has for several years devoted himself to the Study of the Law...
20 September 1813, “Mt. Sion,” Caroline County. “Capt. Wm Jones being an applicant for the appointment of Collector for the District of which Caroline is apart, and believing him well qualified to discharge the Duties of that office, having formerly acted as Sheriff, since, Commissioner of the Revenue and Represented this County in the State Legislature and being a Sober discreet Man, have no...
I reached home on the 12th ulto & had the pleasure to find Mrs. Taylor & my dear little ones in good health. I have made a trip to the upper Counties since I came out, one of the objects was to make arrangements to forward your mules by the time you expressed to me you would wish them to arrive, towit early in Feby. As I am compeled to be absent my brother Hubbard has obligingly promised to...
I have had several conversations with Genl Harrison since his return from the Treaty, relative to the necessity of breaking up the party of Indians collected at Chicago & its vicinity and distroying their crops of corn. The General informs me he has recommended an expedition to effectuate that object. I assure you Sir it is the opinion of the best judges I have conversed with that such an...
Immediately on hearing of the unpleasant inteligence that the City of Washington was in the possession of the enemy, a number of gentlemen on this & the Cincinnati side of the ohio, assembled & agreed, that in the events of the service of any Troops from this quarter being acceptable to you, exertions would be made to raise several Regts of mounted men and repair to the sceine of action...
Your well Known disposition renders any apology useless for the application I have now the Honor to make; It is too well Known and understood by every American; And precludes the possibility of doubt, of your willingness, and Goodness, to sanction views, so far as may be compatible with the public Welfare. I have a Son at Sacketts Harbor, a leiutt, on board the US: F, General Pike, who altho’...
I have the honor to inform you that I have not been unmindful of my promise to procure you a good riding horse. I have been on the lookout ever since my return but have never met with one until a few days ago which I would venture to recommend. On my way from Lexington a few days ago I met with one which I trust will please you; He is a fine bay about 15½ hands high, lengthy with a lofty...
This will be handed you by Doct Canby who has been good enough to take in to you the horse I have done my self the honor to purchase for you; I beg leave to introduce to you the Doctor who is an amiable young man. He is a Connection of Miss Sprigg who lately moved from Prince Georges County to this part of the Count[r]y. I wrote you the price of the horse to wit $180. I have given the Doctor...
I did my self the honor some weeks since to forward to you at Washington the riding horse which I promised to procure for you; he was sent by a Doct Canby, who I am sure will take particular care of him & deliver him to some one of your domestics who may have remained there. I hope that he may get in safe, and may please you. The War having terminated I find that my freind Genl Mc.arthur...
I do my self the honor to enclose to you the charges Specifications & proceedings of a Court Martial, which was had on Lt. John Taylor, also a letter I recd. from Brig: Genl. D. Mc.Arthur relative there to. Lt. Taylor is the Son of the worthy Majr Wm. Taylor who is extremely distressed at this affair which I am sure he considers a greater misfortune than if his son had been slain in Battle or...
I do my self the pleasure to introduce to your acquaintance our relation Richard Taylor Jr, son of the Commodore, who makes a visit to Va. on some land business. I flatter my self you will be pleased with his acquaintance, I assure you there is not a man of more Correct deportment in our Country. He will be able to give you particular information as to our Connections & as to the affairs of...
¶ From James Taylor. Letter not found. 12 March 1823. Offered for sale in the American Art Association, Illustrated Catalogue of President Madison’s Correspondence from American Statesmen and Patriots … Collection of the Late Frederick B. McGuire … , 26 Feb. 1917, item 148, where it is described as a two-page autograph letter signed “relative to the selling of some horses, mentions Judge Todd...
I did myself the honor to address a short letter to you about a month ago, in relation to some Horses I was about sending to Va. I think it probable you or Mr Todd, if he should be at home, may see Mr P. H Jones who took charge of them. Accounts from Va are rather unfavourable as to the prospect of good prices for Horses: but the disturbances in Europe may make money more plenty & cause a rise...
This by Mr. 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 you to Mr. Taylor for the News in...
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 hear by my friend Genl. Sandford that...
"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...