James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Stephen R. Bradley, 18 February 1797

From Stephen R. Bradley

Westminster February 18th. 1797

Dear Sir

Previous to Colo. Monroe’s departure for Europe he transmitted to me papers and documents accompanying a Claim to five thousand acres of Land in the Township of Middlesex in this State in right of his wife, this Township was held under a Patent from The late province of New York and was one (among many) of those patents which were extinguished in the late treaty or Settlement between New York & Vermont and for which This Government has paid to New York Thirty thousand Dollars for The benefit of those whose titles were Thus affected.1 New York have of late appointed Commissioners to apportion to each suffurer his Share of the thirty thousand Dollars The Commissioners have met this winter in Albany I have exhibited Col. Monroe’s Claim to them they have as Yet Come to no decision probably they will in the Course of the Summer what Col. Monroe’s proportion will be remains Yet to be determined. The claims however are so extensive that it is not probable the Sum will be large. With Sentiments of the highest Esteem I am Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Servt.

Stephen R. Bradley2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1The settlement referred to by Bradley was reached in 1790 (Williamson, Vermont in Quandary, p. 179).

2On Bradley and his dealings with Monroe, see PJM description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (1 vol. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 15:347 and n. 1.

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