James Madison Papers

James Madison to Edward Coles, 2 April 1829

Montpr. Apl. 2. 1829

Dear Sir

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 agst. unfavorable reports, it leaves us very anxious to learn that the progress of his recovery correspond with your anticipations. We must ask the favor of you also to let us know from whom the required medical aid was obtained, and whether he has been able to return to the City.

The place from which you date your letter was certainly very unexpected, tho’ we doubt not that 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 Mr[s]. 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. Y. Be so good as to acknowledge it wherever it may find you; and to be assured of all our good wishes, which we shall be very happy to repeat verbally when you give us the promised opportunity.

Draft (DLC).

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