James Madison Papers

To James Madison from the Right Reverend James Madison, 8 October 1801

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.

J Madison

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).

1Bishop 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).

2For Philip Barraud’s situation, see ibid., 1:88–89, 2:88 and n. 1, 104–5 and nn. 1 and 3.

3For the yellow fever epidemic in Norfolk during September and October of 1801, see CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , 9:215, 216.

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