James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Parke Street, 5 January 1810 (Abstract)

§ From Parke Street

5 January 1810, Richmond. Sends JM a process in a lawsuit, which should also be presented to John G. Jackson. As plaintiffs’ attorney, the writer asks JM and Jackson for their response to the court as soon as convenient. Payne family is hardly involved, “but it was necessary to make them parties to the suit.” The plaintiffs “are indigent,” and when JM knows the circumstances, “you will think with me that they have been injured indeed, tho’ not by Mr Payne.”1

RC (DLC). 1 p. Street, a Republican, was a commissioner for supervising the presidential election of 1800 and a justice of the peace for Hanover County (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875-93). description ends , 9:124, 298, 10:87).

1William G. Payne was one of John G. Jackson’s sureties in a breach-of-promise suit that Frances Emelia Triplett brought against Jackson in 1801. The suit discussed by Street apparently concerned Jackson’s failure to comply with the courts’ decisions in that case (Brown, Voice of the New West, pp. 11–12; see also Jackson to JM, 9 Jan. 1810).

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