James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Pollard & Son, 17 November 1823

From Robert Pollard & Son

Richmond Novemr. 17th. 1823


We sometime since receivd your favour of  1 requesting us to forward your Cheese to Fredg., but no opportunity having offered except by the stage, which we considerd unsafe, & expensive, we Kept a look out for a Waggon going to your section of the County, but have not, until to day, met with one. Mr James Miller who resides some distance above Gordonsville has taken it in his waggon & promises to deliver it to Doctr Beale2 of that place, to whom Mr John N Gordon3 writes, to receive it & forward to you. Mr Miller refuses to accept any thing for his trouble & Care. Hoping that it will get safe to hand, We are respectfully Your Most Obdt. Servts

Robert Pollard & Son

Mr. George Loyall paid us $6:36 on his return from Charlottesville on 10 Ulto for you.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Left blank in RC. The letter was JM to Robert Pollard & Son, 20 Sept. 1823.

2Dr. Charles Beale (1795–1853) was a veteran of the War of 1812 who served in the Virginia militia and founded the town of Gordonsville. He married Mary Harrison Gordon, daughter of Nathaniel Gordon, and purchased an estate he called Weston that fell on both sides of the Richmond–Swift Run Gap road. Beale encouraged railroad- and turnpike-building and divided his estate into town lots, which his wife sold after his death (William H. B. Thomas, Gordonsville, Virginia: Historic Crossroads Town [Verona, Va., 1971], 10–11, 16, 17, 21–23, 55; Virgil D. White, comp., Index to War of 1812 Pension Files [2 vols.; Waynesboro, Tenn., 1992], 1:127).

3John N. Gordon, a Richmond merchant, was the son of Nathaniel Gordon, the proprietor of Gordon’s Tavern; John sold the tavern in 1830 (Thomas, Gordonsville, Virginia, 10–11; Richmond Enquirer, 7 Mar. 1823; Richmond Daily Whig, 17 Dec. 1849).

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