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Richard Forrest to James Madison, 5 September 1828

Washington Sep. 5. 1828

My dear Sir,

The inclosed letter, came by this day’s Mail under cover to the Secretary of State, which I take pleasure in forwarding.

The late fine rain, has greatly revived vegetation, and refreshed the air; but came too late to improve the Corn, and the crop of Tobo is so short, that it scarcely deserves notice. There will not be, in Maryland, more than 1/5 of the usual crop—almost a total failure of Plants in the first instance, and a want of rain at the usual period for planting. The Corn crop, however, though not abundant, will nevertheless be sufficient to supply the wants of the State, except the consumption occasioned by the hands employed on the Great Canal, which has already commenced, which will amount to many thousands, most of whom, will be fed on Indian bread. The contracts are given out in half mile sections, two of which, run through my Farm at the Great Falls.

I saw Mrs. Cutts yesterday, who has declined making her annual visit to Orange. She and the family are well. Mrs. Forrest Sally & Mary, join in remembrance to Mrs. Madison and yourself—If we can serve either of you, we beg you will command us.

If you see your nephews, who recently visited this place, please have the goodness to offer my best regards to them. I feel fully convinced, that if John and his adversary had gone to the field, that one or both would have fallen a sacrafice to the prevailing, but abominable custom of duelling. Docr. Laurie and myself exerted our best efforts to prevent it—indeed the Docr., pursued them to Bladensburg and obtained a warrant there, for thier apprehension, which was served on Mr Miner at Rosses’ Tavern. We sincerely hope it will not be revived. I remain, dear Sir, with sincere respect & esteem, your obt. ser

Richd. Forrest

RC (NN). Docketed by JM.

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