James Madison Papers

James Madison to John Payne Todd, 26 April 1826

Apl. 26. 1826

I will not attempt my dear Payne to express what you have added to our preceding distress by disregarding your Mother’s last letter inclosing the means for your immediate return. You have not even mitigated her feelings and gloomy conjectures, by acknowledg. the rect. of it. And I now hasten to a subject which if disclosed to her, would but inflict new tortures. I learn that the arrears for your board, are a claim upon, & that you can not long escape the most mortifying consequences of the situation. I have written to Mr. Bailey, who I hope will be indulgent in case you of your immediate return, and will even assist it. Come then I intreat & conjure you to the bosom of your parents who are anxious to do every there to save you from the tendencies of your past career, and provide for your comfort & happiness. Write to your mother the instant you receive this, and assure her that she will soon be able to embrace. The expectation will be a precious balm to her sufferings, but the reality alone will be a cure for them

J. M.

FC (University of Buffalo); draft (DLC).

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