James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Dolley Madison, [30 November 1821]

To Dolley Madison

Monticello Friday Morning [30 November 1821]

My dearest

I snatch a moment and a very bad pen to tell you that we ended our journey in good time that is before it was dark. The roads, with a little exception, were better than was expected. We found every body well, much regretting that you could not join in the visit. It was well that I did not decline it, for there would not have been a Quorum without me, Gen’l Taylor & Mr. Breckinridge, not being heard from & Mr. Cabell sick in Williamsburg. Genl. Cocke arrived just before me, himself imperfectly recd. from his late illness. To-day we shall make a Quorum with the aid of Mr. Johnson who is in the neighbourhood on his way to Richmond & will be sent for to meet us at the University. It seems that yesterday was the day requiring me to be there, instead of at Monticello; so that if others had attended I should have been a day after the fair. I hope the business will be over today & that tomorrow evening I may be again with you or the morning after at farthest, unless I shd. be obliged to stop at Col: Lindsay, or the weather shd. embargo us. Yrs most affectly.

James Madison

Typescript of RC (obtained from ICU in 1967). RC owned by Harry J. Sonneborn, Theodore, Ala., 1968. Undated; conjectural date established on the basis of internal evidence, the meeting of the visitors of the University of Virginia, 29–30 Nov. 1821, and Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 9 Dec. 1821 (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

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