§ From Wilson Cary Nicholas
14 September 1804, Warren.1 “It gives me great pleasure to hear that you and Mrs. Madison, are to be in our neighbourhood; Mrs Nicholas and myself woud have met you at Col. Coles2 this day, but for an indisposition that I have had for some days, and from which I have not sufficiently recovered to venture out. We promise ourselves the pleasure of seeing you and Mrs. Madison at Warren, and that you will give to us, as great a portion of the time that you have devoted to your friends in Albemarle as you can. Be pleased to inform me by my nephew when I may expect you.”
RC (DLC). 1 p.; docketed by JM.
1. In 1794 Wilson Cary Nicholas established at his estate, Mount Warren, on the James River in southern Albemarle County, Virginia, the village of Warren, which contained a tobacco warehouse, mill, distillery, and tavern (Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia [1901; reprint, Bowie, Md., 1989], 58–59, 290; Edwin Morris Betts and James Adam Bear Jr., eds., The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson [Charlottesville, Va., 1986], 132 n. 2, 409 nn. 1 and 3).
2. This was probably John Coles II, Dolley Madison’s first cousin once removed, whose sons Isaac A. and Edward served as JM’s secretaries when he was president. Enniscorthy, Coles’s estate, was northwest of Warren (PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 6:34 n. 1; Langhorne et al., A Virginia Family and Its Plantation Houses, xi).