Richmond 14 February 1832
My dear Sir,
It is indeed with real concern that we have so frequently heard of your being harrassed with rheumatism; I do nevertheless hope for a more favorable report, which will be highly gratifying to my daughter and myself.
This has been a winter of stronger extremes than I have experienced the last forty five years: the Thermometer having, on two occasions, been at and under Zero: and on two others, as high as 72; which last, I think, is about the average of a Liverpool summer, Colds, Influenza and Scarlet fever unusually prevalent. Of the two first I have participated, but so slightly as to have great reason for being thankful; & the more especially as: on this day, I enter on my eighty seventh year, in perfect health.
Be so good as inform me if those I have left behind in Liverpool have forwarded you the Newspapers as heretofore. I believe they send mine regularly; but, I think, I never receive them in due course of post. They come, almost always, out of time after having been delayed on the way for perusal; and sometimes minus the latest dated paper. Today I have some by a Ship [ ] to this River, and send you some of the latest by today’s post.
My daughter has continued in perfect health ever since embarking at Liverpool. She joins me in cordial Salutations to you, Mrs Madison and Mr Tod. Your old & obliged friend
While at Montpellier I gave to Mr Todd a London Newspaper, containing a long Speech of Mr Buxton on the treatment of Slaves in the sugar Colonies and their consequent decrease: if he still have that paper and will give it to me, I shall be obliged; and, in that case, request you to favor me with your envelope