Schooleys Mountain New Jersey 19 July 1832
My dear Sir
Altho I know the news papers I now send must have lost much of what might have been more interesting previous to the reform bill being known to have become law, yet I thought I might as well send them for the chance of their being amusing. Our friend Doctor Dunglison has told me that now and then, you used to send him the papers received from me: and if, after perusal, there be no other friend having preference, you may, if you please, send them to him. You are to know I feel much obliged to him for his efficacious medical aid, while near Charlottesville last summer.
My daughter and the writer have been, and long, very anxious to hear how you all are at Montpellier; and, especially as to your own health; which, before leaving Virginia, we had the mortification to hear was not as good as when we had the pleasure of seeing you.
To account for being in-such an out of the way place as this, I must tell you I was on my way to Newyork, but met at Philadelphia such alarming accounts about the Cholera as to occasion my proceeding hither. We are 40-50 miles from N. Y. on the Top of a high Mountain, which they tell me, is an appendage of our Blue Ridge, so very remarkable for the Salubrity of it’s air, as to have acquired the name, with some, of the Montpellier of the United States.
How far it generally may be entitled to this fine name I know not; but, as to myself, I must speak very favorably of it, from my having been enabled to resume, and that too with comfort, a good habit I left behind me at Liverpool of walking five Miles pr day at least whenever the weather permitted. I think of being stationary at Schooley’s Mountain, until I be able to form an opinion as to the march of the Cholera and its probable duration. It became more destructive of late at Newyork. The report of yesterday 202 cases & 84 deaths. An immense proportion of the inhabitants have left that City.
Since being in the U. S. A. I have desired my Son William to send you the News papers, which I found you had not received with the same punctuality as previous to my leaving Liverpool. Has he done so?
My daughter and your friend Matthew are with me and join in cordial salutations to you, Mrs Madison and Mr Todd with our best wishes and anxious desire to know how you all are, Farewell! Your antient friend and obliged servant
P. S. I could not muster a whole Sheet of letter paper
RC (DLC); letterbook copy (ViW: James Maury Letterbook).