Montpellier Jany. 13th. 1834.
I recd. your letter of the 11th. enclosing the Memorial now returned of Francis Taylor to the Virginia House of Delegates in 17.85. I should be sorry that the Reps. of Colo. Taylor should fail in a claim, if just in itself, from a want of regular proof to the fact, "that he considered himself and the Officers who retired with him, as having been raised on Continental Establishment" but my memory after such a lapse of time, does not retain a knowledge which I may have had on the subject: What I can say, is, that Colo Taylor was among the earliest and most zealous in bearing arms in the Revolutionary cause of his Country; That he was always regarded among those who best knew him, as characteristically exact on points of integrity and veracity; and that every confidence is due to the sincerity of statements made by himself. With friendly respects
RC (DNA: Pensions, RG 13); FC (DLC); draft, dated Jany 1834 (DLC).