James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Richard Cutts, 6 [October] 1811

To Richard Cutts

Washington Sunday Sepr. [October] 6. 1811

Dear Sir

A letter just recd. by Mr[s.] M. from Mrs. C. informs us that you had set out on a trip for Boston. This will probably find you returned, and I hope without any such accident as befel your former one. Mr. J. Q. Adams declines his Judiciary appt. Another is of course to be made as soon as the Senate are in session. Be so good as to give me without delay, information of the state of Mr. Lincoln’s eyes, and his probable disposition on the subject. You will oblige me also by any other information which may aid me in a fit choice.

We continue well except J. Payne who is not yet free from his intermittent. He joined us here the day before yesterday; and is in the hands of Dr Elzey,1 who is famou⟨s⟩ as a bilious Physician.

We remain without important news from Europe farther than the Newspapers give it. With affece. respects to Mrs. C. Adieu

James Madison

RC (MdHi). Misdated by JM. October date assigned on the basis that JM was not in Washington on 6 Sept. 1811 and that 6 Oct. was the first Sunday falling after JM’s return to that city. Docketed by Cutts.

1[William?] Ellzey was a physician who resided at Eighteenth and G Streets in Washington. His wife was a member of a circle that regularly played cards with Dolley Madison (Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 5 [1902]: 94; Van Horne, Papers of Latrobe description begins John C. Van Horne and Lee W. Formwalt, eds., The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe (3 vols.; New Haven, 1984–88). description ends , 3:376 and n. 3).

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