James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Madison, 25 December 1810

From William Madison

25th Decr. 1810

Dear Brother

I return you the inclosed. We have recd letters from Doctr Buckner,1 who is Alfred’s room mate & constant attendant, which continue to cherish hopes of his recovery: the Doct informs us that the wound was nearly healed—& the cough nearly left him. As soon as I was advised of the Operation on Alfred—I came home with a view of visitg him. He had previously written for his brother Robert—but afterwards forbid it as Doctr Buckner acted the part of a friend & Relative. Unless some unfavourable accounts should be ⟨r⟩ecd. I shall return to Richmd the latter end of next ⟨week⟩. With much difficulty I have obtained from the Mill 92 Bls of your Flour—82 of which are sent down. The holladays will interrupt the Waggons a few days. Every effort shall be used to get the Flour to Market as fast as possible. My Mother has lost Phil. He died with a mortification in his throat. Give our Affectionate Regards to my Sister & accept them yourself.

Wm. Madison

RC (NjP). Damaged by removal of seal. Cover dated 25 Dec. at Orange Court House. Enclosure not found.

1William Madison may have been referring to Dr. Horace Buckner of Culpeper County, Virginia, who was also a neighbor of Isaac Winston, Jr. (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , 30 [1922]: 68; Torrence, Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, 3:1627).

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