James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 10 October] 1818

To Thomas Jefferson

[ca. 10 October 1818]

I was much gratified in learning from the President that you were so well recovering from the attack your health suffered beyond the mountains.1 I wish I could join you at the meeting of the Visitors on Monday, & attend also that of the Agricultural Society. But circumstances do not allow me that pleasure.

RC (ViU). 1 p. Fragment. Undated. Unsigned. Conjectural date assigned on the basis of James Monroe’s visit to Montpelier on 7 Oct. and the meeting of the Albemarle Agricultural Society on 12 Oct. 1818 (True, “Minute Book of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle,” printed in Annual Report of the American Historical Association for … 1918, 1:280).

1During an August visit to the Warm Springs in Bath County, Virginia, Jefferson contracted a painful and debilitating staphylococcal infection (Malone, Jefferson and His Time description begins Dumas Malone, Jefferson and His Time (6 vols.; Boston, 1948–81). description ends , 6:279 and n. 48).

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