James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hubbard Taylor, 1 March 1796

From Hubbard Taylor

1st. March 1796

Dr. Sir

I have omitted in my letter of this date to comply with the requ[e]st of our relation Jonathan Taylor Jur.1 He supposes there will be agents or superentendants appointed to carry on a trade with the Indian tribes, and he wishes to get into that department—and wishes your aid in the matter. The Carrecter of Mr. Taylor as an Officer, & paymaster in the Army has been (from every information I have got,) unexceptionable, and generally satisfactory, to the Commander who has been particularly fond of him; and agreable to all his brother officers. I refer you to his letter to me which I herein inclose for further information.

Should he succeed I am fully persuaded he will discharge the trust with credit both to him self and the Office. I am Dr Sir Sincerely yours

H. Taylor

P. Mr. Taylor wishes, a referance to Genl. Wayne, & his Accts in the War Office for information.

H Taylor

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC addressed by Taylor to JM at Philadelphia, “To be put into the post office at Fredericksburg,” and franked. Docketed by JM. Enclosure is Jonathan Taylor, Jr., to Hubbard Taylor, 3 Feb. 1796 (2 pp.).

1Jonathan Taylor, Jr. (b. ca. 1772), served in the army, 1792–1800, and rose to the rank of captain. Hubbard Taylor introduced him to JM in 1809 (Heitman, Historical Register U.S. Army, 1:947; Hubbard Taylor to JM, 16 June 1809, PJM-PS description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11—, Charlottesville, Va., 1977—). description ends , 1:256–57 and n. 1).

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