Laytons 25th. March 1806.
A visit I have lately made to Albermarle gave me an opportunity of looking into the situation of my Brother’s Farm. I found it under bad management; and I think it important to him, to be informed of it as soon as possible. A publication I have lately seen in the Papers, holds out the idea of his return in course of the Spring. I therefore take leave to enquire of you, whether he may be so soon expected, and if he may not, whether I can be permitted to trouble you with the care of a letter to be forwarded to him when an opportunity offers.
My situation renders it difficult for me to place letters in such a course, as to render his receiving them probable. This circumstance I hope will be an excuse for the liberty I have just taken. Very Respectfully I am Sir, Yr. Mo Ot Sr.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.