City of Washington 4th April 1824
I was very happy to receive your favour of the 2d Inst; in which you acknowledge the receit of my remarks upon imprisonment for debt, which I sent you; I am truely gratifyed to find, that a person so distnguished, & for whom I have such an exalted opinion is in favour of the principle, for which I have contended—I was not surprised however at this favourable opinion, when I recollected, the many years you have devoted to the fixing our freedom upon a firm basis—It is my sincere wish to pass through Virginia, at some convenient moment, that I may have it in my power, to spend an evening with you. For I never shall forget the friendship & the Kindness, with which I have been treated by you—Please present my best respects to Mrs Madison, & wishing you every happiness that your retirement can afford I am sincerely your devoted frd.
R. M. Johnson
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.