Montpellier April 2. 1828
You have obliged us very much by your favor of the 29th. ult. It gave us the first knowledge of the accident to Payne. Altho’ it guards us against unfavorable reports, it leaves us very anxious to learn that the progress of his recovery corresponds with your anticipations. We ask the favor of you also to let us know from whom the medical aid was obtained, and whether he has yet been able to return to the City.
The place from which you date your letter was certainly very unexpected; tho’ we doubt not your reasons for the visit were very good. Whatever they may have been, we hope the result will be satisfactory to you.
We have had several opportunities latterly of hearing from your friends in Albemarle. We understand that they are in their usual health. Your brother Isaac has accompanied Mrs. Stephenson on a trip to S. Carolina where she intends to pass another winter. Her health, tho understood to be improved is not yet compleatly re-established.
I address this to Philada. on the supposition that it will arrive before you proceed to N. York. Be so good as to acknowledge it wherever it may find you; and to be assured of all our good wishes we which shall be happy to repeat verbally when you give us the promised opportunity.
RC (NjP: Edward Coles Papers).