Wythe to Bushrod Washington, January 1785

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The letter is between George Wythe and George Washington's nephew, Bushrod Washington. In the first part of the letter, Wythe says that he would be happy to do business with Washington's brother Corbin[1]. Wythe goes on to talk about tobacco that James Madison received from his pupil that Madison would have split with Wythe. However, Wythe and Madison agreed that Madison would take all of the tobacco from the unnamed student and Wythe would receive tobacco from Washington that was previously going to be delivered to Madison.

Letter text


I received your obliging letter; and shall take pleasure in doing any kind office for your brother. I have a not of [hand] of yours, sir, for payment of some tobacco, which mr Cabel, of whom I understand you received the tobacco delivered to me. Mr Madison also received 1000 lbs of tobacco from one of his pupils, one half of which was due to me; but I consented that he should retain the whole, upon his agreeing that I should receive what might be due from you to him. Be pleased to let me know of any thing be due from you to him, that if not, I may settle the matter with him. I am,


Your obedient serv
G. Wythe
Jan 1785

See also


  1. Bushrod Washington (1762 - 1829) - Find A Grave Memorial [1]