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Madison, Dolley (1768-1849) to Richard Cutts

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03191 Author/Creator: Madison, Dolley (1768-1849) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 February 1840 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 25 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Asks for more time to repay her debt to her niece and Cutts' daughter, Mary Cutts, and blames her delay in paying on bad weather and the roads, which have caused others not to repay her. Mentions that P. (John Payne Todd, her son) is still in Richmond. States she is unable to do business until she can get abroad. Free franked by Dolley Madison. Signed DPM.

Background Information: After the death of James Madison in 1836, John Payne Todd (Dolley's son from a previous marriage) squandered the family money; Dolley had to sell James Madison's papers to pay their ...debts.See More

People: Madison, Dolley, 1768-1849
Cutts, Richard, 1771-1845
Cutts, Mary, 1801-1882
Todd, John Payne, 1792-1858

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Woman AuthorWomen's HistoryFinanceDebtChildren and FamilyTransportationInfrastructureFirst Lady

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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