Montpellier December 18. 1827
I return my thanks for the copy of the "Examination of the charges against Mr. Adams and Mr. Clay"; of which less cannot be said than that it exhibits very able & impressive views of the subject; and with a degree of moderation & fairness too little found in the political discussions of the period.
This acknowledgement of your politeness, would have been sooner made, but for an endemic indisposition from which I am just recovered. I hope no such interruption has befallen the health of yourself or of Mrs. Johnston, to both of whom Mrs. Madison unites with me in a tender of respectful & cordial salutations.
pardon the mistake of a broken sheet
RC (CtY); draft (DLC).