To Francis Preston
Montpellier Feby. 3d. 1820.
I pray you My dear Sir, to be assured that I sympathize, in all the feelings which led to your letter; and that I shall learn with corresponding pleasure that your efforts have been successful in alleviating the misfortune of a brother whose amiable qualities have so long endeared him to his relatives, and made him interesting to his friends. Affectionate respects
RC (NjP: Crane Collection). Fragment. Upper portion of letter, including salutation and dateline, is missing. Dated “Montpellier Feby. 3d. 1820.” in Dolley Madison’s hand. Recipient identified as Francis Preston based on Preston to JM, 30 Jan. 1820, PJM-RS description begins David B. Mattern et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Retirement Series (2 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 2009–). description ends 1:596–97.