James Madison Papers

James Madison to John H. Lee, 1 January 1831

Jany. 1. 1831

Dear Sir

Your favor of Novr. 12. was duly recd. and has laid Mrs. Willis and myself under still further obligations for your continued attentions to the troublesome business you have kindly undertaken on our behalf. The inclosed letter expresses Mrs Willis’, concurrence in the expediency of compromizing the dispute with Mrs. Tapscott & Mrs Bell on the condition stated in your letters, and I very readily do the same; the more so as it will relieve both of us from the task if requested of shewing our titles to the land sold by us. On my part this might be difficult; and could only be circumstantially done as the fact of my joint ownership; tho’ never doubted, does not appear among the papers of my brother’s, who managed all our common interests, with a mutual understanding of the most intimate kind. As Mrs. Willis however is & always has been perfectly satisfied of the fact; as the sole heir to my brother, would have the compleat title if there were any defects in mine; and is ready to execute a conveyance, in any form necessary for the security of the parties. It is not perceived that they, for any purpose, avail themselves of the plea advanced in the case.

Mrs. Willis besides acceding to the proposed compromize, leaves it discretional with you moreover to make any arrangement whatever, that will finally adjust the business, and in this I also cordially join her, being equally anxious, to see an end of it on your acct. as well as ours.

This acknowledgt. of your letter which had not a quick conveyance has been somewhat delayed by casual circumstances. I hope it will arrive in time for an answer favouring us with such remarks as will guide any remaining forms required on our part, and for a transmission of them before the Apl. term of the Court I beg you to be assured Sir of  my cordial esteem & best wishes

J. M.

Draft (DLC).

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