James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry St. George Tucker, 10 November 1819

From Henry St. George Tucker

November 10. 1819. Winchester.

Dear Sir

When Judge Holmes was in Orange he forwarded to me a claim of yours on the Messrs. Baldwins to bring suit on,1 which I accordingly did without delay. It is with great regret I now inform you that they have at length declared themselves insolvent, and I fear a recovery from them is hopeless. The object of this note is to request your directions on this subject. Should you wish the suit prosecuted further I will do so, but I would beg leave to suggest the propriety of permitting it to be discontinued to save Costs Should such a procedure seem to be adviseable. Permit me to avail myself of this occasion to Express to you the sincere respect with which I am Dear Sir your Obedt. Sert.

H: S: G: Tucker

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1The reference here may have been to Dr. Cornelius Baldwin, who married Eleanor (Nelly) C. Hite, the daughter of Isaac Hite and JM’s sister, Nelly Conway Madison Hite. JM had land dealings with the Baldwins in 1814 (Indenture of Land Sale, 11 May 1814 [Vi: Orange County Courthouse Records]).

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