To Dolley Madison
[23 November 1805]
This is the last mail My dearest that will be likely to find you in Philada. and I am not without some hope that this will be too late. I take the chance however for enclosing a few letters which as they will be returned in case of your previous departure, you will receive them as soon as if they were kept here. I am desirous that you shd. get Mr Carrol, before you arrive in Baltimore. You will see that Payne is admissible the 1st. of next month. I hope to learn this Evening from your wish as to the arrangemt. & time for his being in Baltimore. I write this in haste, being sent for to dine with the P. at the moment of my t⟨akin⟩;g up the pen, and it will be too late to write after I get home from dinner. Consoling myself now with the expectation of soon having you with me, I conclude with best regards to Mr. & Mrs. C. and Miss P. who I hope will not fail to be a travelling companion, and with the ardent affection which I know I feel. Yours &c
Say every thing to Dr. Physic that can express my gratitude esteem & regard.
RC (MHi: Charles Edward French Autograph Collection). In JM’s hand. Undated; conjectural date assigned based on the fact that this letter was written after JM had received the 20 Nov. 1805 letter from John Carroll, and the fact that JM was Jefferson’s dinner guest on 23 Nov. 1805 (Charles Cullen, “Jefferson’s White House Dinner Guests,” White House History 17 : 31).