Montpellier Novr 9. 1826
I have just recd. yours of the 1st. inst: 1826. In the absence of J. P. Todd, who has not it appears, made provision for the debt referred to I should not hesitate to remit you the amount, the principal at least, from my own funds, but I am obliged to say, that such has been the failure for a series of years, of the only sources on which they depend, & such the expences I have found unavoidable, that limited as the sum is, I can not do what would be most agreeable to me. What alone I can safely promise is that the debt shall not be finally lost, without venturing to fix the period of delay. The very long one in presenting the account is certainly to be regretted. With friendly esteem & good wishes in which Mrs. M. joins me.
James Madison RC (owned by S. Parkman Shaw, Brookline, Mass., 2001); draft (DLC). Addressed and franked by JM to Parks at "Salines, Kenawha County, Virginia."