Albemarle Sepr. 19th 1815.
I returned here on friday last, the 15, much improvd in my health, & propose setting out on monday or tuesday for your house, from whence I shall proceed by Loudoun, for Washington, at such time, as it shall appear to you advisable for me to be there. My whole family accompany me, tho’ I fear, as Mr Clay & his, form a part of it, that we shall subject Mrs. Madison to some inconvinences. We shall however be easily accomodated to our perfect satisfaction. I intend to leave Mrs M. &c. in Loudoun, untill the season shall be so far advancd, as to allow them to proceed to Washington, with safety.
I have forwarded the pardon for the post boy to Richmond, and shall give notice to Mr Holmes & Genl. Porter, (apprising at the same time the latter of his appointment) of the necessity imposd on them, by the arrival of a British commissr. to prepare to enter on the duties of the trust confided to them. To other objects I shall pay the most early attention that circumstances will admit, tho’ as I shall leave home so soon, I fear that I shall be forc’d to postpone many, untill after my arrival at Washington. In truth there is not much that presses for immediate notice. Mr Onis for example, is already ⟨answered⟩, & much of the other business will not suffer by a short delay.
We shall call at Judge ⟨Walker’s⟩ & probably at Col: Lindsay, & Barbours on the way, which will delay our arrival with you, a day or two after leaving home. With affectionate respect
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.