James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Edward Coles, 10 June 1813

To Edward Coles

Washington June 10. 1813.

Dear Sir

I have recd. yours of  . I have left the request of Mr. Delaplaine to Mrs. Madison who claims a property in the article he wishes to borrow. Her answer is enclosed;1 as is a letter for you recd. by the last mail. We indulge the hope, that you will soon be discharged from the list of Dr. P.’s patients; but I repeat my injunctions not to be impatient at any delay which he recommends in order to give permancy to the cure. Our anxiety for your return proceeds from the pleasure it would afford us on personal considerations; not from the necessity of it in relation to the public business. If the Session were less certain to be a short one, I could easily spin out, the assistance I enjoy during your temporary absence. Affectionate respects

James Madison

RC (NjP: Coles Papers). For surviving enclosure, see n. 1.

1In her letter to Coles of 10 June 1813, Dolley Madison wrote: “The picture. If Mr. D. will return it safe in 6 months—more or less—let him send for it as soon as he chuses” (NjP: Coles Papers). For Joseph Delaplaine’s request, see his letter to JM of 23 May 1813, and JM to Coles, 27 May 1813.

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