Monticello Jan. 30. 1828.
To my great mortification, I learn this evening that Mr Randolph left Edge-hill after dinner, for Montpellier. His intention to spend the night with Dr Page, gives me hopes however, that A messenger setting out before day may reach there before he sets out, & retrieve the opportunity.
With a view to multiply the chances in their favor, I have made copies of two of your letters which, from their subjects & the associations connected with them, struck me as among those peculiarly deserving preservation. These shall be sent by mail. With your letters, you will find those extracts made by me with a view to asking your permission to preserve them. This however is done only on condition that you do not grant it, unless there be not in your mind the slightest objection to entrusting me with them. Indeed, I fear that the request is an act of indiscretion of which I should not be guilty but for the knowledge of your disposition to make every allowance for every thing not totally inexcusable. With every feeling of respect & attachment for Mrs Madison & yourself Your obd Servt
N P Trist.
Your attention has no doubt been attracted by the late tornado in the H. Rep’s. Did you read Mr Bunner’s speech? If not, I risk nothing in ensuring that you will not consider the time otherwise than well employed.
RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book); draft (DLC: Nicholas P Trist Papers). RC docketed by James Madison.