Monticello May 17. 20.
As the measures which were adopted at the last meeting of our visitors were of a very leading character I have thought it proper to inform our absent colleagues of them; and have delayed the communication only until I could add what has been done under the resolutions of the board. as this latter information has not been recieved by you, I inclose you my letter to General Taylor for perusal and pray you, when read, to stick a wafer in it and put it into the post office. you will excuse this economy of labor, as from the stiffening of my wrist, writing is become slow & painful. I have moreover such another letter to write to mr Johnson, and a good part of it to Genl Breckenridge.
My general health is mended, altho’ I do not gain strength. I am obliged to continue bandages, altho’ under their pressure the swelling is kept down, yet it returns on omitting them.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.