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 exec of genl arshall had employed him to bring a suit to wind up the business in relation to the purchase of Gen Washington [illegible] that he within end or would bring it in a short time- he would not therefor be proper to touch the fund set apart for that purpose at this time There is another matter that I was desirous of suing adjusted before a distribution of Genl. Blackburns estate - I mean the [illegible] such for return representations I am [illegible] George Matthews and [Jack?] Matthews was in Va this summer and qualified as [illegible] to my father [illegible] and father’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 [illegible]. I hope to hear by the 1st. of Nov. next- It seems to me that the representatives of Gene.Blackburn would feel better satisfied if there matters were [illegible] pushed before a final distribution- I have not as yet collected the judgments on Wilson of Bath - Tho’ I think the shff is [illegible] for it- For he let the property bond on the 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 [illegible] a contingent fee which he refused to pay when in this & which we could not [illegible] - 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.