James Madison Papers

James Madison to Edward Coles, 7 February 1827

Montpellier Feby. 7. 1827

My dear Sir

Your letter from the Green Mountain did not come to hand till last evening. You have disappointed us of a great pleasure, by the change of your route Northward. We were extremely anxious to see you without the delay now threatened; and do not despair that it may yet be in your power to gratify us. If you allot weeks for Washington, why not carve out of them a very few days, in which you can come up, in one from Fredericksburg, stay one with us, and return in one to that place; or if possible add one or two to your stay here. You know not what a favour you would confer. Should it be impossible, drop me a line as soon as you receive this, saying where a letter will be sure to find you. But if possible enable me to substitute conversation for it. You will perceive that I take the chance that this may find you in Richmond. I shall enclose it however to Mr. Cabell with a request that he will change the address, if necessary to Washington. Health & every happiness, a wish in which you need not be assured Mrs. most affectionately with me.

James Madison

RC (NjP: Edward Coles Papers).

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