To Nelly Conway Madison
Washington Ocr. 20. 1809
My Dear Mother
Dolly wrote to you by the last mail. I have the satisfaction of sayg that we continue well. I pray that you may also enjoy the same blessing. As I think you ought to enlarge your purchase of corn, & lose no time in doing it, the crop being every where alarmingly short, & the price likely of course to get very high, I inclose you one hundred dollars, and if desired, will send you another. Whatever surplus you may buy, I will gladly take off your hands. Let Sister Rose1 notify the rect. of the money. Yr affece. son
RC (ViU). This is one of three known letters JM wrote to his mother. His letter of 8 Aug. 1814 is in the Library of Congress, and the third, dated 25 Feb. 1816, was owned by James F. Ruddy of Rancho Mirage, California, in 1988.
1. Frances Taylor Madison Rose (1774–1823), wife of Dr. Robert H. Rose, was JM’s youngest sister.