From John F. Mercer
Annapolis Oct. 24th. 1801—
It is with great regret that we have given up the hopes of seeing yourself & Mr. Madison at West River, but concluding at length that your promise had escaped yr. Memory, Mrs. Mercer took her departure to pay an annual visit to Balto. & I shall rejoin my better half in a day or two,—I shall however promise myself that before the session you find leisure to [seize?] a day or two with the oldest friend you have in state of Maryland, & certainly one not less sincere in his Attachment.—
With the highest respect yr Ob. Sr.
John F. Mercer
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.
Mercer had invited TJ and James Madison to visit at Cedar Park, his estate on west river Farm in Anne Arundel County, which he had inherited through his wife’s grandparents and where he lived from 1785 until 1821 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; Papenfuse, Maryland Legislature description begins Edward C. Papenfuse, Alan F. Day, David W. Jordan, Gregory A. Stiverson, eds., A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789, Baltimore, 1979–85, 2 vols. description ends , 2:594–5; Vol. 33:218).