Montepellier August 10. 1833.
I received in due time your letter inclosing a portrait of your father, for which and the personal sentiments you express I return my thanks. My recollection of the political and personal good will always experienced from Col. Sherburne gives the due value to what is offered as a token of it; and the value is enhanced by its kindred effect in reminding me of the friendship of his near connection Governor Langdon for whom I always entertained the most cordial esteem & regard.
For the delay of this acknowledgment of your favor, I must offer the apology of my great age, and decrepit condition, the apology to which I am obliged to recur, on other epistolary occasions. With friendly respects
RC (owned by John M. Taylor, McLean, Va.); draft (DLC).