James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Nelly Conway Madison, 20 October 1809

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

James Madison

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.

1Frances Taylor Madison Rose (1774–1823), wife of Dr. Robert H. Rose, was JM’s youngest sister.

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