May 16. 1835—
I have just received the enclosed letter returned to me from Richd. to which I had directed it, taking for granted it would either find Mr. Butler there, where his letter to me was dated, or follow him, according to an arrangement for the purpose. I am very sorry for the occurrence as my supposed silence might be misconstrued.
I enclose also a copy of the letter, that you may know its contents, without breaking the seal. Accept My dear Sir my friendly recollections and cordial salutations.
(Signed) James Madison