James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hubbard Taylor, 6 August 1792

From Hubbard Taylor

Fayette 6th. August 1792

Dear Sir

When I wrote you last I expected to have had the pleasure of Spending the Winter with you but have got disappointed by the loss of my election which I beleave will close in favor of Colo. Alexr. D: Orr—the particulars of which you’l be informed by my Brother James. I hope Mr. Robert Brackengridge1 will be the Repe. for the South District. I have sent by my Brother the acts of our first session of Assembly which I have desired him to lodge with you for your perusal & then to be sent to my Father. I am sorry that there are so many improprieties contained in them, which was owing to the great diversity of opinions respecting both the policy and interest of the State; and I realy fear the next Session will be much involved in ma[n]y difficulties generated by the dissatisfaction of the people who are preparing petitions of Various Kinds to be laid before the Assembly, Some complaing. of the greavious Manner of Laying the Land Tax others for Taxing any thing but Land and Negroes—and the great evil is that those who will hold up public independant principals will not be continued in the confidence of their constituents; which is much to be lamented.

Mr. Edmund Taylor2 Son of our deced. relation Edmd. wishes to enter into the Federal Army in the rank of Lieut. and has requested me to mention it to you—he is an exceeding cleaver young Man—and has been on several of those expeditions [(]to wit) Scotts, Wilkersons, and St. Clairs the last as an Insign and has conducted him self with much propriety. He has spoke to Mr. Brown and others on the occation who promises him their Assistance, and he is in hopes to suceed—particularly if you should approve so far as to lend him your aid in the matter. As to the particulars of Indian affairs I refer you to my brother as there is none either late or material.

I have nothing more to add than to wish you an agreable session the ensuing Winter and to Subscribe my self—Yr Affe. hble: sert.

H. Taylor

RC (DLC). Addressed by Taylor as carried by “Mr. Jas. Taylor.” Docketed by JM.

1Robert Breckinridge (d. 1814) had served with JM in the Virginia ratifying convention. He represented Jefferson County in the House of Delegates, 1788, and in the Kentucky constitutional convention, 1792. In that year he was also chosen speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (Mrs. William Breckenridge Ardery, comp., Kentucky Court and Other Records [2 vols.; 1926–32; Baltimore, 1972 reprint], II, 10; Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, eds., A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776–1918, and of the Constitutional Conventions (Richmond, 1918). description ends , p. 351; Journal of the First Constitutional Convention of Kentucky, pp. v, xi–xii).

2Edmund Haines Taylor, a native of Virginia, was commissioned from Kentucky as an ensign of infantry in the First Sub-Legion, 23 Feb. 1793. He was promoted to captain in 1799 and honorably discharged in 1800. The reorganization of the army proposed by Secretary Knox on 27 Dec. 1792 created the Legion of the United States, composed of four sub-legions (Heitman, Historical Register U.S. Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army (2 vols.; Washington, 1903). description ends , I, 946; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Military Affairs, I, 40–41).

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