J. Mann Esq: Sir - I am sorry you were disappointed in suing after making two efforts for that purpose I was absent on a trip to Charlottesville from whence I did not return till yesterday I understand from John [M?] Baldwin Esqr. that the Exrs [Executors] of Genl Marshall had employed him to bring a suit to wind up the business in relation to the purchase of Gen Washington [illegible] & that he either had or would bring it in a short time - It would not therefore be proper to touch the fund set apart for that purpose at this time There is another matter that I was desirous of seeing adjusted before a distribution of Genl. Blackburns estate - I mean the [illegible] suit vs the [illegible] representatives of [Sampson?] & George Matthews decd. [Joel?] Matthews was in Va this summer and qualified as Extr [Executor] to his father and grandfather’s estate. There has been in proposition submitted by the auditors for a compromise- I have not yet heard whether such proposition will be accepted by the representatives of Charles L. Mathews decd. I hope to hear by the 1st. of Nov. next - It seems to me that the representatives of Genl Blackburn would feel better satisfied if these matters were adjusted before a final distribution- I have not as yet collected the judgments on Wilson of Bath - tho’ I think the Shff [Sheriff] is [illegible] for it For he let the property bond [illegible] be sold by Wilson - he hopes to get it from Wilson’s son in law - With respect to the claim of Genl. Blackburn upon John Mays of Tennessee - It was a small claim for a fee partly a contingent fee which he refused to pay when in this state & which we could not coerce - Yrs respectfully John H. Peyton Staunton Octr 21st 1844 P.S. Give my respects to Mr. Blackburn & tell him I thank him for the refrigerator & tell him to take care of Mrs. [Telfares?] chattels - P.