Orange Court House August 5th 1827
My Dear Sir
You will perceive by the enclosed letter from Mr Southard, that, it was our calculation to have had the pleasure to call on you, on our way to the Sulphur Spring. I reached here this morning and Judge Brooke was just arrived in Mr. Southard’s carriage which will force me to go on with him this evening to Gordonsville. I regret most sincerely it will not be in my power now to visit yourself & Mrs. Madison but will certainly have that honor as we return; please present my most respectful compliments to Mrs Madison & tell her, that I left Oak Hill the day before yesterday & was charged by Mrs. Monroe & Mrs Hay to present their affectionate regards to her. Mr. Monroe has had a pretty smart attack of the kind you encountered at Charlottesville since he reached home, but is quite recovered. I am glad to hear from Paul that your health is restored. Judge Brooke requests me to express his regret at not being able to call on you at this time. He will be with us on our return. With my respectful compliments to Mrs. Madison, I remain with the most exalted respect & regard Dear Sir Your most obliged Sert
RC and enclosure (DLC). RC docketed by JM. The enclosure is Samuel L. Southard to Ringgold.