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TO MRS. JOHN PAYNE.
Expressions are wanting, my dearest mother, to convey to you my feelings ; I have not been very well since hearing from poor Mary, and it seems to me I can never feel as I have done. Dolly and Lucy both gone ! they are now angels, and can never know evil or misery ; ought we not to console ourselves with this reflection? I trust my beloved mother, whose trials have been so many, will exercise her fortitude, which is to preserve her for those of us that are left. I wrote thee by the last post, and have written repeatedly to John, but received only the inclosed letters. I shall now look out for vessels going to the Mediterranean, and write by them to him ; thine for him, thee had better inclose to me. Payne is to follow us in the stage on the I4th ; I am looking for a letter to cheer me with news of thy health.
Ever thine, affectionately,
- Dolly Madison