Montpellier Octr. 11th. 35
I have duly received your favor of the 7th with the letter and Medal from Mr. Goddard, which you were good enough to forward under your cover.
The use made of our expressed opinion on the temperance subject, denotes the peculiar zeal, with which its patrons are inspired. Should ardent spirits be every where banished, from the list of drinks, it will be a revolution not the least remarkable in this revolutionary age; and our Country will have its full share in that as in other merits.
I thank you sir for the kind interest you express in my health. It has been for a considerable time much broken by chronic complaints; which added to my great age have reduced me to a state of much debility, particularly in my limbs.
I observed with pleasure that you had returned from your periodical trip to the Rip-Raps with the salubrious advantage promised by it.
Mrs Madison joins me in a return of your good wishes and we pray you to be assured of the sincerity & high respect with which it is offered.
(signed) J. M.
Taking for certain that you have received a like communication from Mr. Goddard; may I ask the favor of you when you acknowledge it, to let the enclosed letter have the same conveyance.