James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Christopher McPherson, 13 April 1800

From Christopher McPherson

Louisa at Colo. Richd. Morris’s
Sunday the 13th. of April 1800

Honored Sir

I arrived here without Accident at half past 2’oClock. The Horses performed Most admirably.

Tyre1 informed me on the road it was reduced to almost a Certainty with him, that at this particular period of the Year—there Could not have been hired in his ⟨nei⟩ghborhood a Horse for the present distance for any Sum in reason. This with the Family going off tomorrow on the Same Horses—and other Considerations—Stamps upon my Mind an appropriate Sense of your goodness, that is not easily expressed.

I shall however watch for an opportunity to Convince you how Sensible I am of it. With Considerations of the highest respect & esteem I am Sir Your Most Obedient & very Humble servt

Christ: McPherson

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM, “McPherson. Christ. (Coloured man).”

1Tyre may have been a Montpelier slave or was possibly a member of the Tyree family, a free black family living in Albemarle County (Moore, Albemarle: Jefferson’s County, p. 119).

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