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Gen James Taylor letter (May 1809) to Robert Brent

Gen James Taylor letter (May 1809) to Robert Brent

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Taylor writes to Robert Brent concerning paymaster duties; mentions numerous officers by name.
Taylor writes to Robert Brent concerning paymaster duties; mentions numerous officers by name.

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Sir (address to Robert Brent
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), Your two favors of the 28
th
 ulto and 5
th
 inst have been received. The receipt inclosed in the former is signed, & now returned to you. I presume it will be necessary for me to execute similar receipts for the Bill of $$500 as its date is prior to the 3
rd
 of March last. Should this be the case you will be so good as to signify your wish to that effect.
[2
nd
] Lieut Thomas S. Jesup
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 who you have please to nominate I have appointed Paymaster to the 7 
th
 Regt. Left this in Feby last and is now with his Regt at New Orleans. I shall inclose him the Bond to execute by the next mail. I have no doubt but he will feel himself highly honored by this mark of confidence, and his friends feel themselves much gratified by the attention paid to their recommendation. I assure you I am of opinion he never will disgrace the appointment
v
. I will with great pleasure attend to the payment of the detachment at this place under the command of
Eus Bryson.
 Their first payment will be made on the close of the present month. Eus Bryson has documents shew the payment made to this detachment on the 31
st
 of October 1808 as this is the case, and they are pressing for their money. Suppose no difficulty can arise in making the payment to them without hearing from
Lieut [Ambrose] Whitlock
vi
. I am glad to find by your last favor that all the bills that have been presented have been paid, and will have been when at maturity, except the one without a signature. This is an omission. I am sorry for and do not know how it came
 
to pass. I think it probable that either the first or 2
nd
 of exchange has the signature and if so it will be probably presented. I have just returned from Frankfort to which place I was absent about two weeks. And since my return have not seen
Mr Spencer
 to whom the Bill was made payable. I am sorry for the imprudence committed in advancing money to the officers. None has been advanced to their men. My own judgment told me the thing was wrong but on the arrival of
Capt Peters
, who is an old officer and has been paymaster, he told me the thing was common and proper, that money has been advanced to the officers under his command, and I think for his men, but notwithstanding this I insisted on
Col Russells
 giving me an order to  justify me. I assure you it was done with the best of motives towit to accommodate the officers and serve the government, as several of the officers declared they could not descend the river without some advance of pay. The advance to the officers who descended with Capt Peters was only made to the detachment under Col Russell only about 10 days and I hope no damage has accrued to any person. But I shall take care in the future. While at Frankfort I procured
Capt Ganes
 signature to the receipt role you enclosed to me & it is now returned. The Capt has applied to me for payment of his pay & subsistence up to the time he went out of office. This I have thought prudent to refuse until I could know your wish on the subject as I was fearful he might be in arrear to the Government. The same application has also been made by
Capt Elijah Craig
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 of the Rifle Regt. Will you be so good as to instruct me on this subject. I also inclose to you the receipt roll of Capt R.C. Nicholas which you did me the favor to inclose to me some time since for connection. With great respect I have the honor to be Sir Your Obed Servant James Taylor P.S. I have just presented with the bill ______ to you in your last favor & I have signed it. I have drawn on you under date of the 18
th
 of April for $1,000 and on the 1
st
 Inst for $500 on acct of the pay of the troops. J.T.
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James Taylor, Jr.
 (1769–1848) was an American banker, Quartermaster general, and one of the wealthiest early settlers of Kentucky. He was a founder of the city of Newport, Kentucky. Taylor was the fifth child born to James Taylor Sr. and his wife, Anne Hubbard Taylor in Midway, Virginia. His father, James Taylor Sr., bought 2,700 acres (11 km
2
) of land in Northern Kentucky from his friend George Muse, which was part of the land Muse had been awarded for his military service in the French and Indian War. The Taylor family had two cousins, James Madison and Zachary Taylor, who later become presidents of the United States. On April 1, 1792, just short of his 23rd birthday, James Taylor Jr. left his father's plantation for Kentucky accompanied by three slaves, Moses, Humphrey and Adam, along with an English Army deserter, Robert Christy, and Christy's wife and their three children. They reached Newport June 20 but couldn't find lodging so he stayed at Ft. Washington in Cincinnati. His enslaved men worked through the summer to clear 16 acres (65,000 m
2
) in fields along the Licking, plant two corn crops and build a small cabin on lot no. 6 at the southwest corner of Second Street and Central Avenue. He became the driving force behind the settlement's development. He laid out the first road to Lexington in August with Jacob and Edward Fowler. In 1794 James Taylor tapped his connections with Kentucky's leaders to lobby at Frankfort for acts incorporating Newport and creating Campbell County, Kentucky. The legislature established the county on December 17, 1794 from parts of Mason, Scott and Harrison Counties. On December 14, 1795 it approved Newport's charter. James Taylor Jr. and Keturah Moss Leitch were married on November 15, 1795. James and Keturah Taylor had 11 children, but only four survived to maturity. In 1803, James Taylor Jr. solicited the help of his cousin, James Madison, who was then U.S. Secretary of State, to persuade the federal government to move the Ft. Washington military post from Cincinnati to Newport. The Newport Barracks replaced Fort Washington across the river in Cincinnati, Ohio. There were but 4 acres (16,000 m
2
) in the original tract, which was bought from the old Colonel Taylor estate for the minimal price if $1. In 1806, two additional acres were bought for $47. Taylor was hired as the superintendent of the construction of the barracks. He was to erect three buildings. Gen. James Taylor Jr. was Quartermaster General and paymaster of the Northwestern Army during the War of 1812, thus Newport became a vital center for war supplies. During a storied lifetime, James Taylor Jr. operated ferries across both the Ohio and Licking rivers, helped to found banks, invested in the mammoth Newport Manufacturing Co., operated saw and grist mills along the Licking River, was part owner of a salt-works at Grants Lick, Ky., ran a tanning business and in his spare time was known to collect fossils and hunt buffalo at Big Bone Lick in Boone County. James Taylor Jr. and his wife were members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newport, on the Courthouse Square. He and his wife Keturah were laid to rest at the Taylor Family Plot Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Ky. At his death, James Taylor Jr. was said to be one of the wealthiest men in the state of Kentucky, with an estate valued at more than $4 million. In the mid-19th century, Newport became a hub for trade, industry and culture. Just a few years later, Gen. Taylor's grandson established the wealthy area of East Row, a collection of elegant homes. Today, the East Row local Historic District is the second largest local district in Kentucky and the Taylor Mansion is the district's oldest house. Taylor is the namesake of the General James Taylor Park. Bellevue (the Taylor mansion) was listed on the on the National Register of Historic Places on April 22, 1976.
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Robert Brent
 (1764 – September 7, 1819) was the first mayor of Washington, D.C., the federal capital of the United States of America. Brent was born into a prominent Catholic family, for which the Brent Society is named. The family lived in Woodstock, which was then in Stafford County, Virginia. His mother was Ann Carroll, whose brother John Carroll was the first Catholic Bishop appointed for the United States. Brent's father was a contractor and quarry owner. In 1802 Congress officially incorporated the city, including in its incorporation a directive for a mayor to be appointed annually by the President of the United States. On June 3, 1802 Thomas Jefferson wrote to Brent informing Brent of his intention to appoint Brent as mayor of the city. Brent replied accepting the appointment that same day: "Altho I feel great diffidence in the talents I possess for executing that duty, in a manner which may afford general satisfaction, yet feeling it a duty to contribute my feeble aid for the public service, I will venture upon its duties." Brent was reappointed to the position seven times by Jefferson and three times by James Madison, finally relinquishing the position in June 1812. During his tenure, he essentially created the city government from the ground up — establishing markets, public schools, a police department, a fire department, and a system for taxation. In addition, since city planner Pierre L'Enfant had been dismissed before completion of his design, Brent was responsible for laying out many of the streets in the new city. For all his ten years of busy service, Brent drew no salary for his service as mayor.
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