James Madison Papers

Power of Attorney from James Monroe, 17 June 1794

Power of Attorney from James Monroe

Baltimore June 17. 1794.

Mr. Madison will be pleased to receive from Genl. Wilkinson, or draw on him for the sum of three hundred dolrs. or thereabouts (due me by him) according as the Genl. shall direct. He will likewise receive whatever is obtained from Genl. Bradley1 from the sale of our Vermont property, or otherwise from the sale or upon acct. of it. He will likewise be pleased, in case he is applied to, give advice as to the course to be taken for obtaining justice agnst J. Kortright and others under the will L. Kortright (father of Mrs. M.) of New York2—and whatever he does in the above will be satisfactory & binding on me.

Jas. Monroe

Ms (DLC). In Monroe’s hand.

1Stephen Row Bradley, a Revolutionary veteran, was a U.S. senator from Vermont, 1791–94.

2Monroe was one of his father-in-law’s executors. Lawrence Kortright bequeathed to his son, Capt. John Kortright, “a full suit of mourning, having provided for him amply more than his patrimony”; the bulk of his estate went to three of his four daughters. Thomas Knox, another of Lawrence Kortright’s executors and sons-in-law, later asked JM to send him some of Monroe’s letters “which may be useful to the Suit in Chancery with J. Kortright. Old Mr. Kortright not long before he died … wrote to Mr. Monroe to settle for him his concern in lands at Smiths Clove with Judge Morris. John Kortright claims this tract under purchase from his Father of some years standing. These letters if they can be come at, will at least prove that the old Gentn. did not mean it as a bona fide sale” (will of Lawrence Kortright, Collections of the New-York Historical Society, 38 [1905]: 270; Knox to JM, 12 Dec. 1795 [DLC]).

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