Madison handwrote, dated and signed this receipt in 1796 while he was
still Auditor for Public Records in Kentucky, for £2/17/3 in land taxes
Autograph document signed: "George Madison", 7¾x4. Auditors
Office, [Kentucky], November 13, 1796. In full: "Received of Samuel
Meredith by John Brown the Treasurers Receipt for two pounds Seventeen shillings
three pence for the Tax on 6644 acres of third Rate Land in Clarke County on
Slate Creek (also) 66 2/3 in Franklin, Kentucky River 333 1/3 3d rate in
Campbell County forks of Licking 133 1/3 Acres in Bourbon Waters of Licking, the
last entries Second Rate Land for the Tax for the year 1795". George Madison
(1763-1816), the second cousin of President James Madison, served as the
second Auditor of Public Accounts in Kentucky for 20 years. Appointed by
Isaac Shelby, the state's first Governor, Madison, who was originally from
Virginia, had been a Revolutionary War hero. When the War of 1812 broke out,
Madison became a regimental commander under Colonel John Allen. Captured by the
British, he was taken to Quebec. Later released in an exchange of officers,
Madison returned to his duties as Auditor, but his popularity led to his
election as Governor of Kentucky on September 5, 1816. Madison served
only five weeks in office, dying on October 14, 1816. The state's first
Governor to die in office, Madison's death created a legislative crisis in
the state, whose legislators argued over whether the Lieutenant Governor should
serve as Governor only until a special election could be held or should complete
the deceased Governor's term; the legislature finally decided on the latter.
Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Small ink smear touching "1795". Small tear
in lower right corner. Folded once in horizontally and vertically and unfolded.
Otherwise, fine condition.
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