Washington June 15th ’36.
My dear sir,
Lieut. Hudson of the Navy has just given me in charge for you the enclosed Diploma of Honorary Membership of the United States Naval Lyceum, which, admitting of convenient transmission thro’ the mail, I have now the honor to forward to you.
We have seen, with great concern, from some recent notices in the news-papers, that your health, of late, has not been as good as usual. I trust, however, we shall have the satisfaction, on our return, of finding both Mrs. Madison & yourself in the enjoyment of your usual health & spirits; & with the homage of my best respects to her, I remain, my dear sir, with sentiments of <pro>found & affectionate respect, your’s most truely
W C Rives.