Montpellier Decr. 15. 1830
My dear Sir
I have recd. yours of the 7th. You will not doubt that our sympathies have been fully with you during the afflictions which have befallen you. I think you have done well in chusing your present situation, & for the reasons you express. I hope you will experience from it all the improvement which your health needs, and every advantage promised by it. My fear is that the Winter may be too rude for the state of your Constitution; and cannot but advise that you await not the vicissitudes of weather to which the Climate of N. York is subject during the Season, immediately succeeding the Winter. I have not been entirely well for a week past. Rheumatic touches have twinged me of nights, and hobbled my gait in the day. As I am getting better, however; I console myself with the calculation the attack is from a transient cause.
I thank you for the Address of Mr. Governeur. It speaks well for his talents, and his susceptibility of apt inspirations.
Will you obtain the necessary aid in having the inclosed letter for our old friend at Liverpool, put into the best channel for an early & certain conveyance. Mrs. Madison unites on every good wish for yourself, & all who encircle you.
RC (DLC: Monroe Papers); draft (DLC).