From James Madison, Jr.
Madison 29th. [September]1 1801.
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