Montpellier Sepr. 15. 1829
I recd. yours of the 10th. with a full sense of your kindness in taking so much interest in my health. Subsequent to your call on me, I had a return of fever which reduced me to a state of greater weakness than I had before experienced. For several weeks passed, have been on the recovery in strength as well as health; and if no relapse takes place, I may be able to give my attendance at Richmond. Having entered into the engagement, I wish to do so; but it will be with not a little inconvenience, and with less prospect of any efficient services The expectation of your attendance is an encouragement to me, and I hope it will be insured by the continued improvement of your health. The season seems to have been a bilious one, and the attacks you have had may not only be the full amount of your share of the visitation, but may, as I hope, and as not seldom happens, be followed by a meliorated condition of the system. What is the route you finally fix on, to Richmond? Let me hear from you on the subject.
It would have been a great pleasure to Mrs. Madison to know that she should meet with Mrs. Monroe on the occasion. We hope for that at least of hearing that her health is in a course of improvement. Present to her and the rest of your family, and accept for yourself, our joint respects & cordial salutations
RC (DLC: Monroe Papers); draft (DLC).