James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Madison, Sr., 1 May 1796

To James Madison, Sr.

Philada. May 1. 96.

Hon’d Sir

Inclosed is a letter from Mr. Chew, with the papers to which it refers.1 I have not yet recd. the subsequent letter promised. I have thought it best to put every thing he has sent into your hands, that you may be the better able to take the steps which his interest requires. The Letter for Z. Taylor, will go with more safety by private hands from Orange, than thro’ the post office from this place.

The Treaty was yesterday carried by 51 agst. 48. You will see the course of the business in the Newspaper. I begin now to hope for an end to the Session: but hardly expect to be in Orang⟨e⟩ within the present month. I inclose to brother Wm. a continuation of the debates on the Treaty; 2

RC (DLC). Unsigned. Franked and addressed by JM to his father at Orange, “care of James Blair Esqr. / Fredericksburg / Virginia.” Docketed by James Madison, Sr., “came to ha[n]d May 8th.”

1Letter not found, but enclosures included a plat of Joseph Chew’s Bourbon County land and a power of attorney to JM and his father (see James Madison, Sr., to Joseph Chew, 15 Jan. 1797 [NHi]). A copy of the plat and certificate of survey, dated 21 June 1794 (DLC), and a 28 Feb. 1796 land office receipt for a plat, certificate of survey, and registration fee for Chew’s 2,000 acres of land (DLC), both signed by John Combs, were apparently enclosed in Hubbard Taylor to James Madison, Sr., 15 Mar. 1797 (DLC). These documents are filed under separate dates in the Madison Papers. On 25 Mar. 1796, by which time he was living in Montreal, Chew granted a power of attorney in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, presumably the one he enclosed to JM (Jillson, Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, p. 559).

2Debates in the House of Representatives.

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