This letter was written by Joseph Tapscott (1790-1870) who served as the postmaster in Kilmarnock, Lancaster County, Virginia. He wrote the letter to Ira Davenport (1795-1868) who was the first town supervisor (mayor) of Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York.
Addressed to Mr. Ira Davenport, Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York
Kilmarnock, Lancaster County, State of Virginia
September 21st 1832
I received your letter the 18th Inst., requesting me to let you know if a Mr. George W. Fitzhug resided in my vicinity & his standing.
In answer, there is a Mr. George W. Fitzhugh (Formerly of Prince William County). His residence is about 4 or 5 miles of this place in Northumberland County. He owns a very good plantation in said county. It is probable the sum you mentioned might be collected of him (or if not collected might be made by suit). You ask me to recommend a lawyer to you. There is a very good lawyer that lives convenient to Mr. Fitzhugh. He has nearly all the business in his line in this part of the county. I would recommend him to you. His address is, “Col. Addison Hall, Kilmarnock, Lancaster Co., Virginia
If I can be of any further service to you, I shall always be your faithful servant to command, — Jos. Tapscott, P. M. [Postmaster]
P. S. I would than you to let me know if there is a man in your county or that you know named Thomas Y. Syms. He is a Boot & Shoe maker by trade. By so doing, you will oblige yours, — J. Tapscott, P. M.