Wythe to John Hatley Norton, 22 February 1786

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George Wythe tells John Hatley Norton that he does not have any papers having to do with Norton's suits against Boswell and Richardson nor does he remember anything about them. Wythe apologizes for not being able to provide more information. Wythe sends all of Norton's papers that he had in his possession except for a letter telling him to leave a bond to Major Taliaferro. Wythe assumes he did this simply because he no longer has the bond.

Letter text

John Hatley Norton, esq.

Dear Sir.

I have not one paper in either of your suits against Boswell and Richardson, nor do I recollect anything about them. They were probably brought upon accounts which were not put into my hands, or perhaps judgments may have been obtained in them. I wish it were in my power to give further information. I drew your father’s answer to Booker’s bill, which was sent to England, and there transcribed on parchment, and sworn to 30 Nov. 1774, as appears by a copy of it in my handwriting herewith sent. The original I suppose to have been filed in the secretary’s office. I likewise send Whiting’s bill of exchange endorsed by Clayton with the protest, and a letter from Mr. Goosley, directing me to bring suit upon it. These are all the papers of yours which I have, except a letter 25 Aug. 1776 desiring me to leave Edw. Cary’s bond with Major Taliaferro, which i suppose was done, because the bond is not in my possession. With my best wishes for yourself, Mrs. Norton and the young ladies of your family, I am<

dear sir

your affectionate friend,
and humble servant
G. Wythe.
22 February, 1786

It is probable the suits were not dismissed, but suspended one of the parties being considered perhaps as a british subject. Be pleased to remember, my dear sir, that I did not begin with making this demand of fees, but stated an account of them as a sett off against a small balance claimed of me. If you think me not entitled to so much as equal to that balance, let your counsil Mr. Randolph say what ought to be allowed, and i will cheerfully submit to his decision.

G. Wythe.

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