James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josiah Jackson, 23 April 1810 (Abstract)

§ From Josiah Jackson

23 April 1810. Reports that his father-in-law, Henry Madison, “as well as the rest of us were much g[r]atifyed in the short answer” [not found] JM sent. The old gentleman “is still in tolerable Health except a giddiness in the Head that causes a staggering.” His own family includes eight living children; in addition, “We have had about the same number of Blacks to raise.” While educating his family and making a living “on a thin Soil,” Jackson has accumulated only about $1,000 with which to purchase land for his children. In his neighborhood “the rich & dureble soils are precured [sic] by the more moneyed men.” No member of his family has “ventured yet over the blue ridge … to settle,” and since JM is well informed, seeks his advice “where good soil may be precured with a small sum of money (not out of reach).” JM’s reply should be directed to Charlotte Court House.

RC (DLC). 3 pp. Docketed by JM. Jackson had previously written JM on 1 June 1809 (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (2 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984-). description ends , 1:217–19).

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