James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John George Jackson, 15 January 1808

Clarksburg Jany 15th. 1808

My dear Sir,

My last Letter was calculated to excite the most alarming apprehensions for the life of my beloved Wife & I am sick with grief when I tell you that the present cannot dispel them. She has not had one hours rest since the last Week, & her danger apparently augments every day. The principal complaint is an affection of the breast & throat with a hard dry cough which some time changes & she spits freely, once or twice mixed with blood. Beside these alarming symptoms she appears so totally disordered as to be exceedingly ill. The month of March will be a decisive crisis if no favorable change occurs before if nature can hold out so long without one.

Ah! my Friend what a prospect have I in view. What severe accumulated trials have I to bear against. What a contrast for that ideal happiness which accumulating fortune had painted in all its d⟨e⟩lusive forms: & which I had e’en grasped at my fingers end. Now almost all the ties of Nature are burst asunder & those which remain to me incapable of resisting one more rude shock, but I will not dwell upon the painful picture for I do wrong in pourtraying it to you my dear Friend, as the interest & the sympathies you feel for us is sufficient without it Farewell, my dear friend yours truly

J G Jackson

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