Montpellier Jany. 3. 1827
Your indisposition mentioned in yours of the 30th. ult: just come to hand gives me the more concern as I fear it has been increased, if not occasioned by an overexertion to hasten the Report for Richmond. The delay is sufficiently explained by the tediousness of the preparatory task, to say nothing of the obstacles in the severity of the season: and were dispatch, of more importance than it can be deemed, it is not to be weighed agst. the consideration of your health. What I have to urge on you therefore is that you make no personal sacrifice with a view to that object. There will be time eno’ for interposition of the Legislature, if the Report should lead to any; and for the Memorial on the projected Court, if Mr. Johnson should wait for the arrival of the Report. At all events take care of your health and be assured of my good wishes for that and every other ingredient in a happy life.
(DLC: Nicholas P. Trist Papers); draft (DLC: James Madison Papers).