From John Tyler
Charles City Feby. 3d-’81.
I receiv’d your Summons by Express, and shall pay due attention thereto, as soon as my little domestic affairs are brought into order1 again. After a long application to business in the Assembly it’s reasonable to suppose I wish’d to have enjoy’d a few weeks at home; but one day did not pass before we were invaded, and all who liv’d near the River were obliged to retire to a more secure situation with their Families in order to render more Service when occasion required than could have been done otherwise. I hope therefore, that although my neglect of Duty is not justifiable, my peculiar situation will at least be an excuse for it.
In ten or twelve days I expect to be in Richmond, unless your Excellency may think fit to demand my Attendance sooner. I am with the highest regard your Excellency’s Most obedient Servant,
RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed.
1. The words “little domestic affairs” and “order” are heavily underscored, probably by someone other than Tyler.