James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Dolley Madison, 2 November 1805

From Dolley Madison

Saturday 4 oClock [2 November 1805]

Your charming letter1 my beloved, has revived my Spirit, & made me feel like another being—so much does my health peace, & every thing else, depend on your Affection & goodness. I am very greatful for the prospect you have opened for our child—& shall now look forward to his Manhood, when he will bless—and do honour to his guardians. I wrote you yesterday, & have but a moment now—as the 2 hours since I reccd: yours, has been devoted to the inclosed—pray take as much relaxsation, & pleasure as you can—alltogether, business will not agree with you, & unless you amuse yourself as usial I may travel too soon.

Betsy P. is almost frantic with the prospect of seeing W. & says she feels already your sweet kisses—what must some body else do—farewell til tomorrow—your own


Please to put a wafer in Lucys Letter & send it without delay.2

RC (CLO: Elizabeth and Stuart Chevalier Autograph Collection). Undated; conjectural date assigned based on internal evidence.

2This letter has not been found but was probably Dolley’s reply to the letter from her sister Lucy Payne Washington (later Lucy Payne Todd), which was enclosed in JM’s 31 Oct. letter (see n. 1 above).

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