Philadelphia July 13. 1828
Agreeably to your request I have paid to the printer of the National Gazette the five dollars you sent him, and enclosed I transmit you his receipt.
My sister Stevenson has borne her journey so far better than I expected. Her health has evidently improved since her arrival here. Doctor Physick had left the City before our arrival. She has consulted Doctors Chapman & Dewies, who seem confident of being able to restore her to health. My health has greatly improved since my arrival in this City. We shall leave this tomorrow for New York, and from thence pass on in a few days to Albany & Saratoga Springs. The weather since I left your house has been very cool, and we have enjoyed ourselves very much—though this city is unusually dull in consequence of nearly all the gay & fashionable people having left it on summer excursions to the springs—the sea shore—the neighbouring villages—and on distant tours.
I have delivered to Payne the clothes sent him by his Mother. He is in good health and has been several times to see us.
We reached Washington before day & at 10 oclock setout for Baltimore. Short as our stay was I visited Mr. & Mrs. Cutts who I found well, though the latter looked unusually thin. I had not an opportunity of seeing Gen: Parker—I intend however to do so on my return. My anxiety to overtake Mr. & Mrs. Stevenson at Baltimore, and to be there on the 4th, induced me to hurry on—When I return I shall have more leisure. A third edition of E. life of J. has lately been printed here in which the insinuation against you is repeated in the same language. I offer to you & Mrs. M. my affectionate regards
RC (ICHi). Docketed by James Madison.