James Madison Papers

Nicholas P. Trist to James Madison, 20 October 1828

Monticello, Oct 20. 28.

Dear Sir

Your kind favor of the 12th (post-mark-14th) was received on the 17th, & I wished to answer it by return of post, but found it impossible. I wrote, however, by that mail to Mr Clay, saying that, provided the duties were such as I felt competent to, the office would be very acceptable; and that my determination would be communicated the moment I could receive the necessary information on the subject. For this, I addressed a request to my connexion, Mr Randolph, a clerk in one of the departments, who, I am satisfied, will lose no time in communicating it.

Several friends of the family, among them Mr Jefferson R, had been, for some time, strongly recommending the opening of a boarding school at this place. The plan, after a good deal of discussion, was determined on, & the advertisement in my pocket, on its way to Mrs R. then on a visit to Mrs Dunglison, when I took your letter out of the office. This has caused a suspension of the subject, for the present; & will probably occasion its final dismissal: although it is possible that the school may still be opened for one session. The family, including my own, will not follow me to Washington, till some time next year—probably the fall: a delay necessary to enable us to set out in our house keeping, in comfort & free of debt.

I shall take great pleasure in complying, to the best of my ability, either here or in Washington, according to the time I am allowed—with your request concerning the report of the Rector; and permit me to assure you that the same feeling will ever attend any opportunity, great or small, with which you may favor me, of testifying the sentiments of grateful affection which your kindness has inspired.

Their contemplated visit to Montpellier, is too frequently recalled, to be in danger of being lost sight of by the ladies. For myself, as I do not know how long it may be, before the opportunity recurs; I shall, if possible, ride down on horseback, to bid yourself & Mrs Madison adieu; & take the stage at Orange Court house. Should Mrs Madison wish to send anything to Mrs Cutts, beg her to leave it at the Ct house tavern for me. Your correction of the important error in relation to the Quarter, I have made use of in the Advocate. Accept the renewed assurance of my devoted affection

N. P. Trist

RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book). Docketed by JM.To C. Schultz, 22 Oct. 1828

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