James Madison Papers

Nicholas P. Trist to James Madison, 25 October 1828

Monticello Oct 25—28.

Dear Sir

I received, yesterday, a letter from Mr Clay, which I have answered by an acceptance of the office in question. In answer to my enquiry whether the public service required my immediate presence; as, otherwise, the approaching crisis with Mrs Trist would detain me with her; he has been so kind as to give me until the 10th Novr, or even a few days later, if necessary. Within this limit, I shall go as soon as Mrs T’s confinement, which is daily expected, allows.

The school is entirely given up; and the family, shortly after my departure, will move to Edge-hill; there to remain till the final move to Washington. I do not know whether I forgot to mention to you that arrangements have been made between Mr Randolph and Messrs Davis, Carr & Clark (who is to purchase my share in the establishment) for printing the MSS, in Charlottesville; and that in consequence thereof Messrs Davis & Clark went, two or three weeks ago, to the north.

In relation to the Rector’s report, the law requires but one, so far as I recollect; and this, I should suppose, ought to come from the acting Rector at the last meeting. I will, however, prepare the substance: leaving the question to be settled between yourself & Mr Monroe. We all unite in affectionate salutations

N. P. Trist

RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book). Docketed by JM.

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