James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 20 October 1805

To Thomas Jefferson

Philada. Ocr. 20. 1805.

Dear Sir

The decrease of the fever in the City has induced me to return with Mrs. M. to it, with a view to place her in a situation that would justify me in leaving her for a while. She is likely to be detained several weeks longer, before the Docr. will approve of her entering on a journey; but I hope she is now or will be in a day or two advanced towards her recovery beyond the occasion of particular anxiety. I propose therefore to set out with little delay for Washington. Perhaps I may reach Washington by the last of the Week. I have nothing to add but the respectful attachment with which I remain yrs.

James Madison

I took the liberty of givg. yesterday a line of introduction to Dr. Parke of this City who is on a visit with a daughter to Washington. He is in his political connections of the Old School I presume. But he is at least candid in his judgmt: of executive measures, and sincere in his personal esteem & respect. I am not sure that he will make use of the letter; but I think it probable. If he should not it will happen from circumstances incident to his movemts. His daughter is of the demure Quaker manners, but sensible & accomplished.

RC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). Docketed by Jefferson as received 22 Oct.

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