Washington, April 21. 1815.
I returned yesterday from Loudoun, rather injur’d than benefited by the trip. The slightest exposures since my late indisposition produces cold & fever, both of which I have suffer’d in my absence. I found our daughter sick of the epedemick, & Mrs. M. not much improved in her health. These circumstances will keep us longer here than we had intended & expected.
I had the pleasure to receive your letter of the 18th. & other communications which had arrivd in my absence. The affr with Genl Ripley is settled by his abandong. the claim to a court, & accepting a brevet. Mr Dallas arranges him as one of the retaind Brgs & a member of the board, & they begin in a day or two, altho’ Genl Brown has not arrivd. He is daily expected. On the case with Onis & other subjects mentioned in yours I will be more full in my next. with affectionate respect,
You forgot to mention the case of Com: Jarvis. Commodrs. Rodgers & Porter have recommended Captn. Henry late of the flotilla to some consulship
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.