James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Taylor, 19 April 1815

From James Taylor

Belle Vue Apl 19th. 1815

Dear sir

I did my self the honor some weeks since to forward to you at Washington the riding horse which I promised to procure for you; he was sent by a Doct Canby, who I am sure will take particular care of him & deliver him to some one of your domestics who may have remained there. I hope that he may get in safe, and may please you.

The War having terminated I find that my freind Genl Mc.arthur wishes to turn his attention to some active imployment.

If he can be serviceable to his country I am convinced it would be his highest pride.

He is an excellent practical surveyor and as good a Woodman I will venture to say as any in the U. States. Should a person of those qualifications be required to attend the Commissioners under the 6 & 7th. articles of the late treaty, I have a hint that he would be highly gratified and would consider himself highly honored with such an appointment. From my Knowledge of the Genl. his good sense, activity & purseverence, I am convinced there is no man who would do higher credit to the trust as far as his qualifications extend, but without he could acquit himself handsomely & do Credit to the Goverment, I am sure he would not wish the appointment.1

I hope this may find yourself my friend Mrs Madison & the Worthy old Lady enjoying good health. The pleasure which I enjoy on the restoration of Peace is greatly hightened on the recollection of the great relief you must have experienced from the press of business & responsibility. May the cue of your well spent life be as happy as it has been glorious to your self & honorable to your much injured Country.

We have had higher waters in this Country than we have had for 22d. years. Great damage has been done to fencing & even to mantions.

Be so good my dear sir to make a tender of my best respects to your good family and to my friends near you, and believe me to be with the greatest respect & esteem Dr sir your freind & obed servt.

James Taylor

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Brig. Gen. Duncan McArthur was honorably discharged from the army on 15 June 1815. He served as a commissioner to negotiate treaties dated 8 Sept. 1815, 29 Sept. 1817, and 17 Sept. 1818 with various northwestern Indian nations (Heitman, Historical Register description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (2 vols.; 1903; reprint, Baltimore, 1994). description ends , 1:652; Bureau of Indian Affairs, Treaties between the United States of America and the Several Indian Tribes, 173–77, 216–30, 242–45).

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