Montp. Decr. 9. 1827.
I have but this moment received from Mr. Trist your letter of the 3d. and catch a fugitive conveyance to the post office, to say that it will not be in my power to attend the meeting of visitors at Charlottesville this week, being confined by influenza and fever which do not abate, and that I have so written to Genl. Cocke. Mr. Monroe not having been heard from, will certainly not be there. I hasten to say this much that you may make your calculations accordingly. With great esteem & good wishes