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From James Madison to Charles Bagot, 26 September 1817

To Charles Bagot

Montpellier Sepr. 26. 1817

Dear Sir

I duly recd. from the hand of Mr. Harris your favor of the 20th.1 However much we regret the delays which have suspended your journey, we could not wish that the gratification it holds out to us should be at the cost of your official obligations. We flatter ourselves that no further impediments will deprive us of it, in the early part of the ensuing Month. For myself, I am compelled as a Visitor to attend a Meeting on business of critical importance to a College about to be established near Charlottesville, on the 6th. of the Month. But I shall be at home again on the 8th. from which date, I shall be at indefinite liberty, to enjoy the visit of which we are very happy to be now assured. Be pleased Sir to tender my respectful compliments to Mrs. Bagot, for whom a letter is inclosed from Mrs. Madison,2 and to be assured of my high respect & cordial regard.

James Madison

RC (NjP). Enclosure not found, but see n. 2.

1Letter not found. Levett Harris (ca. 1780–1839) was U.S. consul at St. Petersburg, Russia, 1803–16, and chargé d’affaires there, 1814–17. He returned to his native Philadelphia in July 1817 and visited Montpelier and Monticello in the fall of that year (Nina N. Bashkina et al., eds., The United States and Russia: The Beginning of Relations, 1765–1815 [Washington, 1980], 1133; Harris to Thomas Jefferson, 24 July 1817, and 2 July 1818 [DLC: Jefferson Papers]).

2Dolley Madison’s letter to Mary Bagot, 26 Sept. 1817, was offered for sale in Stan. V. Henkels Jr. Catalogue No. 1478 (13 Oct. 1933), item 73, and was described as a two-and-one-half-page autograph letter, signed, that included “a glowing description of Montpellier’s natural beatuies [sic] during the early October,” and referred “to a recent visit by Mrs. Decatur, their mutual friend.”

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