Dudley Chase



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Dudley suggests that Chase reduce the trust by paying direct taxes. He encloses a copy of a letter he received from James Heath of the Virginia Auditor's Office with information about the Moore lands.




Moore land, Mr. Dudridge, Senate, Richmond, Literary Fund, William Semple, James Moore, Philip Moore, James Heath


Washington Feby 17th 1831

Very Dear Brother

I have this moment arrived at my seat in Sen. Chamber and found the enclosed letter on my table. According to my promise in my last, I enclose it to you.

I think you will not disapprove of my caution as to not sending the redemption money to Richmond. I will assure you, I think I have done right. If however, you should, on advisement, think proper to reduce the trust, by paying the U.S. direct Taxes & interest [?], you will have ample time to do it, as the last day of redemption is 26th May 1831. I [intend] to [convene] with Mr D[u]dridge of Virginia, and [elicit] from him the state of things in regard to that Tract. Land sold for state taxes in Virginia are laid off by [certain] offices, for the benefit of the state, and if not redeem’d in time, [inures] to the benefit of the [Literary] Fund, so I am told

Yours [?] D. Chase

Bishop Chase, Ohio


“Auditor’s Office of Virginia

Feby 1831


I hasten to reply to your communication of 1[2]th [?]. There are 6 tracts of Land return’d to this Office from Mason 6[?] as delinquent, in the names of William Semple and James Moore - containing together 3[4],740 acres - and there is a tract of 41,992 acres insd County also return’d delinquent in the name of Philip Moore [&] 6[0]. All these Lands are [vested] in the [Literary] Fund and are now irredeemable

Very respectfully

Your Obt. Sevt.

Jas. [?] Heath”

Letter to Philander Chase



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