New York Decr. 7th 1830
I came here in consequence of the very affecting events which have lately befall’n me, to unite the whole family together, for the consolation of all. I indulged also a hope, that by change of scene, and the exercise, my health would be improved. My family think that it has in some degree, but I am little sensible of it. The unfavorable weather, by confining me to the house, has deprived me, of the necessary exercise, which has I presume retarded my recovery.
I send you a copy of the oration delivered by Mr. Gouverneur, in this city, on the late very important event, to which it alludes. I have read your reply, to interrogatories, respecting the relative powers of the state & national govts. with great interest and satisfaction. It was such as I expected, and will I have no doubt have a good effect.
We earnestly hope that you & Mrs Madison enjoy good, to whom present our best regards very sincerely your friend—