From Richard Taylor
Beargrass Kentucky 1st. June 1798
I have waited with a great deal of patience in expectation of some step beeing taken for conveying to me the Land I Bought of your Brother & Self & as to myself I [am] no ways uneasy but haveing Disposed a part the parties who have purchased are very restless and some of them will not pay the purchase money till they gett a Title therefore hope you will take the Necessery stepts taken to gett a title from the orphan1 yours I Know can be had at any time under the Laws of this state if there is a Guardian he can make the Title if you & her Guardian will Join in a Deed I think that will be sufficient. If you think any thing Necessary from this state to compleating the Business pleas notafie me, I must refer you to Capt. Taylor for the news of the Countery, Sally Joines me in Love to yours & your Fathers Famaly and believe me to be with regard your most Obt. Servt
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. The death of Mary Willis Lee Madison, wife of JM’s deceased brother Ambrose, on 14 Mar. 1798 left their young daughter Nelly Conway Madison as JM’s ward. She also inherited a portion of the Kentucky lands jointly purchased by JM and her father (Vi: Francis Taylor Diary, 14 Mar. 1798; Ketcham, James Madison, p. 388).