From John Carroll
Baltre. Nov. 20. 1805.
Dear and hond. Sir
Your much esteemed favour of the 1st. inst. would have received a much earlier answer, if Mr. Dubourg had determined sooner the time, when he would be ready to receive your Son. I have the pleasure to inform you now, that the College will be ready for his reception on the first of next month, Decr.1
I was sorry indeed to hear that you were under the necessity of leaving Mrs. Madison at Philada., & that this was occasioned by the tediousness of her recovery. Not having been since informed of her having passed thro this place, I fear that she has not been yet able to travel, and feel that concern for it, which no one, who has the happiness of knowing her, can avoid feeling.
I am much obliged to you for your goodness in furnishing the inclosed prints respecting New Orleans; they had been forwarded to me before, & I had read them attentively. With my assurances of the sincerest regard, respect & esteem, I am, Dr. Sir, Your most obedt. hble St.
1. John Payne Todd attended St. Mary’s College in Baltimore from December 1805 to at least June 1812 (MdBS: Student Index, St. Mary’s College Collection, Archives of the Associated Sulpicians of the U.S., Associated Archives; Account with St. Mary’s College, 1 June 1812, PJM-PS, description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 4:444).