Centre Hall 13th. June 1815
The favour you have granted me, is not more agreeable than the manner in which it has been done and both deserve & have my sincerest thanks.
I am fully sensible how precious all your moments are to the public interest: it was not my intention on the late occasion, nor is it now, to abstract you from that interest a single instant; yet, this is so fair an opportunity, having presented you my acknowledgments, I request you will accept my cordial congratulations on the brilliant termination of the war. If I can look back with pleasure to the vote I gain for its declaration, how much more important, must the retrospect be to you who, had so great a share in it. Excuse me for adding, I believe you deserving of all the consolation the subject is calculated to give. I am very respectfully Your obliged & sincere friend
David R. Williams
DLC: Papers of James Madison.