15. Sept. 1833.
Mr. Patterson of Baltimore has presented to Mrs. Madison a pair of calves of the North Devon breed from the stock of the celebrated Mr. Coke of Holkam. They will be consigned to your care and I must ask the favor of you to receive them & have them well kept noting to me the cost of the feed &c. They will be sent for as soon as you inform me of their arrival, which will probably be early in October.
I shall expect from you the usual Turnpike proxy for my signature. Let me know at the same time if you please how the balance stands between us at present.
Cannot you make it convenient on your trip to the Turnpike meeting to dine and quarter with us. I shall be glad to welcome you then or at any time. With friendly respects