James Madison Papers

James Madison to R. H. C. Taylor, June 1833

[June-December 1833]

Dear Sir

Since my answer to your two letters, I have heard nothing from Mr. Clarke, on the subject of them from which I infer as I do from other circumstances, that he can give no aid to the search for evidence of the military services of your two Uncles. I now learn that Col Robt. Taylor Junr. on the advice of his father with whom I had communicated on the subject, has put what papers and information he had relating to Col: F. Taylor into the hands of Mr. Archibald McGill Green, who has had much experience and I believe much success in establishing similar claims. He is I understand to be liberally compensated but on condition only of his success: Mr. Green thinks favourably of the claim; but that application to Congress may-be necessary. The result will doubtless be made known to all who are interested in the case.

Of the claim for Mr. Jno. Taylor’s naval service, no evidence has yet been obtained, I understand that his case, has also been put into the hands of Mr. Green, or of Mr. V:spasian Ellis, of the Eastern shore; on the same Condition of "no perchase no pay."

I wish you & all others having a common interest with you, the success may be due to your claims, and regret that I am so unable to contribute to it. With friendly salutations

James Madison

RC (owned by Todd M. Axelrod, Las Vegas, Nev.,) ; draft (PHi).

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