Montpellier June 22d. 1836.
My dear Sir.
I have received your very friendly favor of the 15th. enclosing the Diploma of Honorary Membership of the United States Naval Lyceum. As I acknowledged through Captain Ridgely, soon after its receipt, the notification transmitted by him, that the Society had conferred on me this distinction, it may suffice to ask the favor of your communicating to Lieut. Hudson the safe receipt of the diploma.
My health has been much impaired latterly and I still continue much enfeebled; but both Mrs. Madison and myself look with pleasure to the promised call from Mrs. Rives and yourself on your return. With our cordial salutations to both.
FC (DLC: William C. Rives Papers); draft (DLC).