Orange Ct. House March 10th 36.
My dear sir
I desired very much to have had the pleasure of paying my respects to yourself & Mrs. Madison on my way to Washington, but the necessity of my being there with as little delay as possible & the almost impassable state of the roads, (which has compelled me to leave Mrs. Rives behind, to follow me when she can), have deprived me of that satisfaction.
It has given me great pleasure to learn that you have passed comfortably thro’ the rigorous & unpleasant winter we have had, & I trust that, in availing ourselves of the earliest opportunity of a visit to Montpelier after our return, we shall have the gratification of finding you & Mrs. Madison still in the enjoyment of your usual health. Begging to offer the homage of my best respects to her & my cordial regards to Mr. Todd, I remain, my dear sir, with sentiments of profound & affectionate attachment your’s most truly
W C Rives.