Montpr. Aug 5. 1831
We are glad to learn by your kind letter of the 30th. Ult: that you all got safe back to Washington in spite of the scorching heat of the Tavern, and the stewing ordeal of the Steamboat: and are particularly gratified that the temporary exchange, so easily repeated, of the Banks of the Potomac, for our Mountain Climate, proved so agreeable. It is not the less to be understood however, that the balance of gain from the visit was on our side; and no wise impaired by the sportive vivacities of the younger parties whose innocent pleasures have a merit rather with those who can enjoy them, by their sympathies & recollections.
The period in which we were cotemporary servants of our respective Countries, at Washington, was doubtless not without its difficulties for the time, however auspicious for the future: Nor will I disguise the satisfaction with which I find that the part borne by me, was favorably viewed by a witness, then so highly respected for the lights of his mind, & the purity of his sentiments, and now deriving a further title to my esteem & confidence, from a more familiar opportunity of appreciating them. I am happy to add in behalf of Mrs. Madison that her former acquaintance with the attractive character of Madame Serrurier has been refreshed by the visit with which we have been favored, into an increased admiration & lasting attachment.
These being the impressions left on us, our sincerity will not be doubted, in the wishes we jointly offer for the best of blessings on you both; among the first of which will be a happy lot in life for your amiable & promising sons.