Washington Dec 4th. 1815
Respected & Dr Sir,
Having long had a wish to visit the Metropolis but prevented, by numerous Ministerial & other avocations & labours I at length availed myself of the company of Judge Crocheran my friend & neighbour from the County of Richmond, a member of congress.
If your Excellency pleases, I now congratulate you on the happy termination of our war with G Britain & the many important & glorious victories obtained over an enemy, that would if in her power have crushed our Administration & government & with them the republick. But which enlightened counsels firmness, patience, perseverance & more especially trust in Almighty God has elevated to greater honor & established on far more stable foundations. I beg leave to Join with you Sir in humble & hearty thanks to Almighty God for all his mercies &c.
Judge Crocheran is now with me & should the President be at leisure would be glad to pay our personal respects & honors to him & Lady &c. Accept every assurance of greatest respect & esteem from your affectionate friend & Obed Servant
P. J. Vanpelt
formerly Chaplain 3d Military District
DLC: Papers of James Madison.