James Madison Papers

James Madison to Dolley P. Madison, [5 November 1824]

Monticello Friday morning 7 0C. 5 November 1824

We arrived about Sunset: just as they were commencing their Desert. The Genl. had arrived about 3 0C. with his son & Secrety. the last so sick that he went to bed instead of Dinner. I have not heard how he is this morning. I found here only the General & his family, Col. Campbel & Wm. Roane of the Council, who will attend him till he goes out of the State, and a few of the family connection. I may add Mr. Coolidge just from Boston. A large crowd had been here, including the individuals appointed to receive the Guest from Fluvanna, and the party escorting him: but they did not remain, even Genl. Cocke to dinner. The Genl. does not say yet how many days he stays here. He declines a visit to Staunton, and will divide the time not required for the road & the appointed festivities, between Mr. Jefferson & myself. It is probable he will not be with us till near or quite the middle of next week. He will have with him besides his son & Secy. the 2 Councillors, and such of the Company of Orange meeting & conducting him as may chuse to stop at Montpellier. The Miss Wrights are expected here tomorrow Of Mrs Douglas & her daughters the family here have no notice. The Genl. thinks they may make a call as a morning visit only. They travel it seems with the Miss Wrights, but whether they will precede them in the visit to us is unknown. Nor can I learn whether the Miss Wrights will precede or accompany or follow the Genl. I may learn more to day, but not in time to write you. The Genl. on finding I had a letter for them proposed to take charge of it, and it was given him of course. My old friend embraced me with great warmth. He is in fine health & spirits but so much increased in bulk & changed in aspect that I should not have known him. They are doing their possible at the University to do him honor. We shall set out thither about 9 0C. I can not decide till the evening when I shall return. I am not without hope that it may be tommow. With devoted affection

J. M.

I just hear that Mr Vosin is better. I am hastening Paul to the post office, that the letter may be in no danger of failing, & that he may be back by 9 0C.

RC (WHi: Gratz Collection).

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