James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Pechy Bledsoe, 28 February 1794

From Pechy Bledsoe

Fedrixburg 28th. Feby 1794.

Honrd. Sir,

The hapiness of having had a slight acquaintance with you, induces me to trouble you with a small piece of business, respecting The servise of a man from your own County, whose Discharge you will Receive inclos’d.

I made application to Colo. Maddison Senr. for Advice respecting the Conduction of this business. Himself, with several other Gentleman Supposed my Power of Attourney was not Sufficient to Make you a Legal power, But Rather thought it expedient for me to send on the Discharge to your Honour, who cou’d Lay in the Claim, before the Expiration of the time Limited, By Act of Congress for the purpose of Setling Claims against the United States,1 (Which time Expires on or about the 27th March, as I have been informd) As they expected it would be sufficient to Secure it, untill a person properly authouris’d shou’d make application.

This man Serv’d Two years, which I suppose the Continental Books will Shew, as the Regiment he enlisted & serv’d in, was recruted for that Term of time.

I have the pleasure to inform you, that this state has pass a Law, in favour of the Pettion, you was so Obliging as to Draw for me respecting my own Service To Virginia.2

Any thing necessary, Respecting Mr. Thomasons3 Service, I shou’d be glad to be inform’d off [sic], A Letter Directed to me Inclos’d in one to the Colo. your Father wou’d in a short time get to my hands Especially, if to the Care of my Uncle Aaron Bledsoe. I am Sir With Esteem Your Hume. Servt.

Pechy Bledsoe4

RC (DLC). Addressed by Bledsoe and franked. Docketed by JM: “Peachy Bledsoe.” Enclosure not found.

1“An Act providing for the settlement of the Claims of Persons under particular circumstances barred by the limitations heretofore established” of 27 Mar. 1792 (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 1:245).

2On 28 Oct. 1793 Bledsoe’s petition requesting “certificates for the arrears and depreciation of his pay” was presented to the Virginia House of Delegates. On 9 Dec. the General Assembly passed an act directing the auditor of the public accounts to issue Bledsoe “a certificate for the depreciation of pay due to him for his services, as a serjeant in the second state regiment,” 1777–80, “together with warrants for the interest due thereon” (JHDV description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Richmond. Volumes in this series are designated by the month in which the session began. description ends , Oct. 1793, p. 21; Shepherd, Statutes description begins Samuel Shepherd, ed., The Statutes at Large of Virginia, from October Session 1792, to December Session 1806 … (new ser.; 3 vols.; Richmond, 1835–36). description ends , 1:281).

3Turner Thomason served in 1777 as a private in the Second Virginia Battalion. His company commander was JM’s second cousin, Francis Taylor (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , 6 [1898–99]: 125–26).

4Little is known of Pechy (pronounced “Peachy”) Bledsoe, except his military record in the Revolution and his marriage bond of July 1780 to Peggy George in Henry County (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , 21 [1913]: 277).

Index Entries