James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Madison, Jr., 29 [September] 1801

From James Madison, Jr.

Madison 29th. [September]1 1801.

Dear Uncle.

Since I saw you, I have visited several small Towns on James River, for the purpose of procuring a place for vending Goods; but found them all well supply’d with people of that description. Mr Shepherd2 advises me strongly to go to Stevensburg, as there is not at this time a tolerable Store in that place. He says more goods may be sold there than ever was vended at this Mill, and the payments better. If so the place cannot be a bad one. I have determined to go there with a well chosen parcel of goods, tho at the same time shall be cautious, with respect to the quantity. I leave this early in the morning for Frdbg. and from thence to Baltimore; Mr. S. Stone3 inform’d me some time ago by way of Mr Richards, that he would render me any service in his power, and at the same time observ’d that a letter from you to Mr Saml. Smith of Baltimore wd. be of infinite service. If you will be so good as to furnish me with such a letter, the favor never will be forgotten. Your Nephew.

James Madison jr4

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