Washington May 5th. 1815
Your Servant John will deliver you a horse which was purchased in Kentucky by Genl. Taylor for your use. The extreme badness of the roads in the western Country has reduced him considerably notwithstanding all the care I cou’d possibly take of him. I was requested by Genl Taylor to furnish you with the amount of his expenses on the journey. These including shoeing amounted to twenty two dollars. With the greatest respect I have the honor to be your Frnd. and Servt.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.