Wmsburg. April 15. 1815.
I avail myself of my present ability to use a pen again, to apologize to you for the trouble I took the liberty of giving you, through the assistance of a friend, at a moment when I certainly expected never to use one again: the suddenness & violence of the Attack under which I was then labouring, leaving no doubt in my mind that my existence would have been terminated long before this moment. After three days of extreme Illness, I was happy enough to obtain relief, and am now I hope in a fair way of recovery.
Permit me, Sir, to offer you my most cordial & sincere wishes for the speedy and perfect restoration of your own health, which I was truly sorry to hear had not been good during the winter. Mrs. Tucker joins me in most respectful compliments to yourself & Mrs. Madison. I am very truly & respectfully, Dear Sir, Your most obed. Servt.
S: Go: Tucker
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.