James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Madison, 22 September 1801

From William Madison

22d Sept 1801

D Brother

As no division of the Estate, both real & personal, can take place without the friendly Bill in Chancery of which Mr Randolph & Wickam have been notified I deem any consultation on the subject unavailing ’till a decree is had, which may ascertain the Rights of all the claimants.1 As Executor I cannot concur in any distribution of the personal Estate without the authority of the Chancellor—and in regard to the Real I have at length made up my mind that, in respect to myself, the Will & the Law shall dispose of it. I am ready & willg to commence the work on the Dam any day, the sooner the better. Altho: riding will retard the cure of my Leg which the Interest of the Estate as well as my own so loudly call for yet as you are abt to leave us so soon I will endeavour to see you tomorrow. Be not disappointed if I should not come. I am Yrs Affly.

Wm. Madison

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