James Madison Papers

James Madison to William Tapscott, 29 July 1826

Montpr. July 29. 1826


Your last letter expressed so much concern for the failure in paying for the land purchased by you & Mr. Bell, and so much anxiety to make < > first, that I have been in constant hopes of hearing from you satisfactorily on the subject. Being wholly disappointed, I am at length obliged by pressing circumstances to renew my earnest application for the discharge of what is due. It is particularly necessary that I should receive the whole or the greatest part by the middle of December, and I trust, that after the long forbearance, that before that date, the remittances will arrive. I am not unaware that difficulties may have existed where you are; but they are felt from other causes, here also; and the many years which have elapsed since the last payments, must have enabled you both to be in some condition now to do what is required & expected. No plea of interfering claims on a part of the land, can be admitted in this case. From the best information I can obtain, there is no legal foundation for any such. But as they extend to part only of the <qua>ntity sold, there can be no colour of justice in suspending payment for the uncontested part: the less as we are ready to adjust any difference that may really exist in the most easy & amicable manner for all parties. Let me repeat therefore my urgent requisition, of a compliance without further delay, with the covenant in which you & Mr. Bell are joined, and which in that event will be duly fulfilled by Mrs. Willis & myself. Be so good as to communicate <th>is letter to Mr. Bell for whom it is intended as well as yourself; and to accept < >

James Madison

Draft (owned by Charles M. Storey, Boston, Mass).

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