James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Isaac Hite, 24 November 1801

To Isaac Hite

Washington Novr. 24. 1801.

Dear Sir

Mr. Shields has been so good as to call & let me know that he left you & my sister well last week, and to give me an opportunity of saying that we are well as usual also. I have not lost ground in point of health since my return to this place, but do not find it yet as firm as I hope time & temperance may render it. Mr. Shields is possessed of a hand bill containing the official certainty of peace between G. B. & France. It arrived last evening very unexpectedly. No particulars are known beyond those stated from the London papers. I recd. some time since a civil letter from Docr. Rose,1 informing me that his removal to Amherst with my sister had been decided on, that he had made the same communication to you, & requesting that I would prepare my mother for the event. The task is so delicate, & at this distance so difficult that I am at a loss how to co-operate in it. I have thought it best to forbear all attempts till the crisis should be over with my sister Rose.2 Perhaps you & my sister will have more in your power, by communications with the family than I have. Indeed I should imagine that all that can be done towards preparing my mother’s mind for the Trial could best be done by the Docr. & Fanny through Miss B. & Nelly, as far as no direct means could be used by themselves. From circumstances as well as from the peremptory manner in which the Dcr. speaks of his intention it can hardly be doubted that he is in earnest & will be inflexible. I presume he has given you notice that he means to take his legal rights under the will of my father, and abandon all claims under the informal papers.3 Dolly does not know of my having this opportunity, & therefore can not join as I am sure she would wish in the affectionate assurances to my sister & your self, which I beg you both to accept. Truly yours

James Ma⟨dison⟩

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