James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Bushrod Washington (Abstract), 24 June 1805

§ To Bushrod Washington

24 June 1805, Washington. “J. Madison presents his respects to Judge Washington, and incloses the memorandum of Mr. Taylor, with such additions as will give all the information necessary on the Case stated by Judge Washington.”1

RC (owned by Mrs. Thomas B. Payne, Fredericksburg, Va., 1959). 1 p.; docketed by Washington: “Augt. 26h. 1805 Sent the plats to Laur. Lewis to forward to Gab. Lewis to have the needful done agreable to within directions.” Cover sheet addressed and franked by JM. Enclosure not found, but see n. 1.

1Lawrence Lewis was the son of George Washington’s sister, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband Fielding Lewis. Lawrence married Martha Washington’s granddaughter Eleanor Parke Custis and was one of the executors of Washington’s will. Gabriel Jones Lewis (1775–1864) was the son of Elizabeth Jones Lewis, third wife of John Lewis, Fielding Lewis’s oldest son by his first wife, Catharine Washington, a cousin of George Washington. Gabriel Lewis was a surveyor who lived in Kentucky (Paula S. Felder, Fielding Lewis and the Washington Family: A Chronicle of 18th Century Fredericksburg [Fredericksburg, Va., 1998], 4, 44–45, 46 n. 1, 319; Joseph Sullivant, A Genealogy and Family Memorial [Columbus, Ohio, 1874], 342–43; “Lewis Family of Warner Hall,” WMQ, description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends 1st ser., 10 [1901–2]: 50; William Armstrong Crozier, ed., The Buckners of Virginia and the Allied Families of Strother and Ashby [New York, 1907], 224). The enclosure may have concerned lands in Kentucky where Hubbard Taylor was the Madison family agent (PJM-SS, description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 1:208 n. 3).

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