From the Right Reverend James Madison
Williamsburg Octr. 8h. 1801
My dear Sir
I have at present 500 Dollars, which I will forward, with great Pleasure, by Post if you desire it.1 The Remainder of the Sum you mentioned, shall also be sent, provided certain Payments, which I expect, be made in Time to meet your present Demand. I am sorry I had not a larger Sum at Command, as I should feel a real Satisfaction in accomodating you with it.
John & myself had a very rough Journey from Culpepper CtHouse to the Borders of Frederick. The Road is almost impassable for any Kind of Carriage.
I was delighted to meet with Dr. Jones in Frederick. After having been detained in Culpepper by the Loss of his Horses for several Days, he, at Length, recovered them, & arrived at Mr Burwell’s the Day before my Departure.
Dr Barraud, I understand, has been continued in office,2 & I am rejoiced at it; not only on his own Acct., but on that of the Administration, as no one merits more highly the Countenance of a just & wise administration, than he does.
Be pleased to give my best Regards to Mrs Madison & Miss Payne—& be assured, my dear Sir, that I am most sincerely & Affy. Yrs.
Norfolk is dreadfully afflicted by the Yellow Fever.3 From 18. to 20, it is beleived, die daily. This Part of the Country is remarkably healthy.
RC (NNG: St. Mark’s Library).
1. Bishop Madison sent the money on 24 Oct. 1801 (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 , 2:196–97).
2. For Philip Barraud’s situation, see ibid., 1:88–89, 2:88 and n. 1, 104–5 and nn. 1 and 3.