James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Walker, 2 August 1789

From John Walker

Belvoir Aug: 2d. 1789.

Dear Sir.

I thank you for your favor of the 8th ult:1 with its inclosures; But little have I to give you in return. We have at length been blessed with a fine rainy season, after one of the most alarming droughts I remember, which was, as far as I could hear, almost universal; but the rain, I hope, has been as general, & if frequently repeated, we may still make a plenty of bread, tho’ the crops of Tobacco must, I think, be short, because many have not planted what they intended, & others have done it but a few days ago. The President’s recovery1 must be a subject of Joy, not only to his friends & acquaintance, but to all the lovers of liberty & mankind.2 Present me to my good friend Mr. Page, & tell him ’tis long since I had the pleasure of hearing from him. I am My dear Sir Your most obedt. Servt.

Jn. Walker

RC (PHi: Gratz Collection). Docketed by JM.

1Letter not found.

2For Washington’s illness and prolonged recovery in the summer of 1789, see Abbot et al., Papers of Washington: Presidential Series, 3:76–77 n. 1.

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