James Madison Papers

James Madison and Dolley P. Madison to Richard D. Cutts, December 1824


Dear Sir—

Your Unkle has reccd. your Elegant & lerned epistle, & his finger being a little sore at present he desires me to answer it for him—He says your loop of Tobaco turned out as well as could be expected considering the dryness of weather—He does not dispare that it will weigh 3 ounces—he wants to know whether you’l have it shiped or sold in the country—every body who has seen it admires it very much—& wants to know what is the sort—some think it little Frederick—others are at a loss whether it is thick joint or shoe string—the prevailing, is that it’s bull fa< >e. They will be glad to know the oppinion of such an experienced planter as yourself of what is the best kind for Cultivation—perhap you may chuse to have your Tobaco manufactured—you must say in that case—whether you prefer its being made into pig tail or twist for chewing—or if you think it best to make it into snuff—you must decide between Rappu Maccua—or No 9—He guesses, you wd prefer the Blackgaurd—He incloses a remittance by way of advance & is sorry he could not send you small change instead of it—He is very glad to hear you intend to make him a visit & says you must bring with you among your other frds Miss Modesty—her sister tacciturnity & above all, their cousin good humour—you need not take the trouble to bring your appetite for bacon & chicken, nor for Warffle Butter, Custard nor hony—particularly you’d better leave behind, your relish for grapes figs, & waterMellons—All your friend White Yellow—& black send complimts. to you—Dr Dick—your Unkle sat by me & dictated this letter & inclosed a Cent—I add these a few words of my own & inclose you six peices to prepare you for his jokes, & your jurney. From

Aunt D.

RC(owned by Mr. and Mrs. George B. Cutts, Brookline, Mass., 1982). Addressed to "Richard Cutts Tobaco planter Washington."

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