From John Page
Richmond August 24th. 1803
My dear Sir
I received your truely friendly Letter & was determined to set out yesterday, following the directions therein: but Mrs. Page could not be prepared for the Journey ’til to-day; & unfortunately early this morning a Diarhea attacked me so smartly, that I fear I shall not be able to venture out til to-morrow or next day; nor even then, unless it should go off as happily as two similar cases did.
The moment I can venture on the journey I will.
Accept Mrs. Page’s & my own best Wishes & assurances of perfect respect & Esteem
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 26 Aug. and so recorded in SJL.