James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Taylor, Sr., 20 May 1802

From William Taylor, Sr.

Jefferson County 20th. May 1802

Dear Sir,

I take the Liberty to ask your friendship impressed with an Idea that our acquaintance May excuse it. I have taken my Nephew J. Taylor into Partnership in conducting the Milling and Distilling business, and hearing of Mr. Michael Kraffts New improvements, on Stills, of Trenton (N J) we had wrote him for his Pat. right,1 which he hesitated to forward owing ⟨to⟩ the remote distance and the want of knowle⟨dge of⟩ our credibility as You are Generally known, we have mentioned to Mr Krafft that we expected you would be good enough to mention us to him, and if you would forwarward [sic] your oppinion to him in Trenton the favor will Confer a singular obligation on your friend.

I should not Sir have asked this favour but we are so anxious to get our Distilery imediately in motion, and we will not have it in our power to froward [sic] his fees untill the Fall remittances of our Merchants, and I knew of no acquaintan⟨ce⟩ in that Quarter to whom I could apply. Suffer me to Remain with my usial sentiments of respects and regard Your Obt H St.

William Taylor Senr.2

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