James Madison Papers

Edward Coles to James Madison, 8 January 1832

Philadelphia Jany: 8. 1832

My dear Sir:

I have been anxious ever since I left you to learn the state of your health. I have heard from Mr. Barbour, Mr. Ingersoll &c &c, that they had heard from you since I left you; but they were unable to furnish me much information, and it has now been some time since I have heard any thing directly or indirectly from you. Mrs. M. was so good as to say she or Payne would write me a line to let me know how you were. They would confer a great favor on me if they would do so, and direct to me to NewYork, where I expect to be in a few days.

I have nothing interesting to communicate. Owing to the premature setting in of the winter, and the closing of the rivers by ice to steam Boat navigation, I had a very cold and disagreeable journey from Albemarle by way of Richmond—where I staid 10 or 12 days—Petersburg, Norfolk, Annapolis & Baltimore—where I remained 10 days—to this place, where I have been now near three weeks. I was taken in Baltimore with the prevailing Influenza, from which I have not yet entirely recovered. I hope you and Mrs. M. have been so fortunate as to escape this painful and annoying disease. Wherever I have been it has raged a universal pestilence, attacking the old, the middle aged, & the young, & particularly severe on the first and last. The general prevalence of this disease has put a stop to parties & every thing like gaiety & sociability. I never saw Baltimore & this place so dull at this season of the year. It is said here that there are so many persons in mourning, and so many afflicted with the influenza, that it would be impossible to collect persons enough to constitute a large party. Certain it is there has not been one this winter. Miss Roberts intends to make the attempt on the evening of the 10th.

I was surprised to learn that Mr. Jefferson Randolph had not seen the publication of the young Bayards about his Grand Father. I have procured at his request the pamphlet containing it and sent it to him. When I was in Baltimore old Mr. Carroll was in excellent health. I heard yesterday he had since the Influenza, but had recovered from it. He made many friendly inquiries after you. His daughter Mrs. Harper, and her son & his wife have arrived in NewYork from France.

Miss Gouvernur of N. Y., niece of the late Mrs. Monroe, was married a few days since to Mr. Th: Cadwaleder of Trenton (a Cousin of Gen: J. C. of this City) The bridal couple came on here accompanied by Mrs. Gouvernur (Mr. Monroes daughter) but hearing that her Husband had been taken sick returned, after staying one day, to NewYork. I did not see her, nor have I been so fortunate as to find the Bride at home when I called to see her. Miss Emily Elwyn (Grand daughter of Gov: Langdon of N. H.) has recently married a Major Erving of the U. S. Army. I tender to you and Mrs. M. and also to Payne my kind regards

Edward Coles

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