James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Chew, 25 December 1803

From John Chew

Montreal 25th. December 1803

Dear sir

From your very friendly letter to me of February 1800,1 in reply to my enquiries respecting my fathers Claim to Lands in the State of Kentucky,2 I am induced to trouble you with a letter for Mr Taylor, from whom I have not heard these two Years past and am pretty certain that my last letter to him must have Miscarried. By a letter which Sir John Johnson3 lately received from Mr Watts,4 I learn that nothing final, has yet been done by Mr Taylor in establishing my fathers Claim, and I am fearful that great difficulty will be found to effect it. I shall be extremely obliged to you to forward my letter to Mr Taylor by a sure conveyance, the gentleman by whom I send this proposes going to Washington very shortly and has promised to be particular in sending it to you. My Mother and sister desire their sincere respects, & wish you the Compliments of the season, my Mother is growing old but I assure looks remarkably well and is even active. I must beg you will excuse the trouble I have taken the liberty to give you on this occasion, being with greatest respect and esteem Dear sir Your faithful friend & humble Servant

John Chew

I am still jogging on in My Appointmt. as Secy for Indian Affairs, which enables me to give my Mother & sister a comfortable Support.

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