From Reynolds Chapman
Orange Courthouse May 24th. 1812
I duly received your letter, covering the packet to your mother, (which was delivered to her) and that of the 18th. inst on tuesday evening last1—the $55 inclosed in the latter, I paid to Mr. Taylor; whose receipt you will herewith receive.
We had had almost continual rains for nearly three weeks previous to wednesday last, when there was one of the most tremendous showers I ever saw, accompanied by hail. The hail did us some damage, and much more, a little above and below us, in some instances destroying entirely the crops of wheat; but the rain injured us most excessively in washing our lands.
Your friends here all well except William Madison, whose recovery, I am sorry to inform you—it is with grief and pain I think of it—is almost despaired of; he is worn down to a mere skeleton, so as scarcely to be able to ride a mile or two in a gig in a day—his bowels appear to have been the principal seat of pain, but I fear his lungs are vitally affected. I thank you for the papers you so frequently send me. Becky joins me in affection to yrself and her aunt.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Enclosed receipt not found.
1. JM’s letters to Reynolds Chapman have not been found.