Philadelphia Novr. 30th. 1827.
Yours of the 25th inst: came duly to hand, and the Opportunity which it presents of rendering an acceptable service to Mrs Madison & yourself has been most gratifying to me.
I immediately called on Mr Todd and offered every assistance in my power to enable him to comply with your wishes, & I am happy to inform you that he has promised to accompany me to Virginia when I go, which I hope will be in the course of eight or ten days, assuring me at the same time that the pecuniary aid required would be inconsiderable. I propose to see him again this evening when I hope we may come to some more distinct & definite arrangement, of which you shall be duly informed.
My own health is in a way to be speedily restored—Doctor Physick seems no longer to entertain a doubt of complete success. The temporary suffering to which I have been subjected is nothing in comparison to the petty, but every day annoyance from which it has relieved me. With best wishes for the continuance of Mrs Madison’s health & your own, I am Dr Sir with constant and devoted attachment ever truly yrs
I. A. Coles
RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.