James Madison Papers

James Monroe to James Madison, 31 May 1828

Oak hill May 31. 1828.

Dear Sir

I inclose to you two letters, one from Mr Tracie, soliciting the professorship held by Mr Long, when he retires from it, & the other from Mr Du Ponceau, in support of his application, and likewise a third, to the same effect, from Mr Peters, a son of Judge Peters, which last is rather of a private nature, but which I submit to your view. With the characters of Mr Du Ponceau, & Mr Peters, you are well acquainted, so that I need add nothing in their favor.

Mrs Monroe has, as you know, been much afflicted, with a long & severe indisposition, from which she has of late, so far recovered, as to be able to take exercise in the carriage. Mr Gouverneur & our daughter in new York, have earnestly pressed her to make them a visit, in the belief that it will contribute to the more complete restoration of her health, and from an anxious desire to see her. The physicians who have attended her, approve the measure, & advise her to set out on the journey, without delay. I consider it a duty in me, to accompany her, & we propose to depart hence, on the first of June, taking our gd. daughter Hortensia, with us. I have long wished to make this visit, but have been prevented, by causes, which you can readily conceive. I see no motive however, for declining it longer, unless I abandon the idea of visiting our daughter, & the whole connection there for ever, which I shall not do. My intention is to reach the city, on the second day; to stay there one night, & proceed for Baltimore, the next morning. On the day of my arrival in the city, I shall call, & pay my respects to the President, an attention due to the govt., & the friendly relation, which has so long existed between us. I shall move on, as fast, as Mrs Monroe’s health will permit, in the hope of arriving in New York, the latter end of the week. I intend to return, in time, to attend at the University, on the 15th of July, the day appointed for our meeting there, taking your house of course in the route. Our best regards to Mrs Madison & your mother—Sincerely your friend—

James Monroe


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