Montpellier Novr 19. –32
I return the little Volume on Cholera passed to me thro’ Docr. Dunglison. It attracts respect & confidence by the course of investigation pursued by the authors, & by the modesty with which results are presented.
I will return by another mail Lee’s Vial of wrath or rather of rage. It ought to have been done long ago, & I owe an apology for the omission. It was some time before I could learn the contents thro’ the ear, the only channel permitted by the state of my eyes; and the continuance of my oppressive Rheumatism prolonged the delay into an oblivion.
I congratulate you on the escape of yourself and those dearest to you from the terrible scourge to which you have been exposed, & the City on its departure. With my hopes that it may never return, & my best wishes that your exemption from that danger may be accompanied by every positive blessing, I tender you the reassurances of my cordial esteem and my constant regard. In this Mrs. Madison joins, as I do in the affectionate remembrances she charges me not to omit for Mrs. Trist
Of my health I can not speak favorably. I have been confined in or on the bed for nearly a year, am extremely feeble, and emaciated also to an extreme; whilst the inertness of my digestive & nutritive apparatus forbids me to calculate an improvement either in flesh or strength. Happily I suffer but little pain & that not constantly
RC (DLC: Nicholas P. Trist Papers); draft (DLC).