Want to save this letter now that you've found it?
It's easy - just create your own collection of letters after signing up for a free account.
I was delighted to receive your last letter, my dearest Mary, as I am always, and sorry for your disappointment at not see ing Thomas and his wife. You inquire if Count d Orsay has been here? Yes, he spent nearly three weeks with us, off and on, and seemed to enjoy himself very much. He is a great sportsman, and would borrow Payne's summer clothes, and go forth, returning as ragged as bushes and mire could make him, rest for several days, and then off again, tumbling into the river, losing his way and yet come home laughing at his adventures. We found him an elegant young man, sensible and well-informed, except on the intricacies of our woods. I forget, now, who introduced him ; I think General Dearborn sent a letter of introduction. Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson stayed a week with me, but I have not yet heard from Mrs. Grimes and her children, of their time for coming. I must tell you that my English beauty has given me a calf as pretty as herself ; tell this to dear Dolly that she may be glad with me. Have you any amusing books, no matter how old, to lend me ? You see in what haste I write ; tell me everything that you are doing, dear girls ; my heart follows you all the time, in spite of my engrossing family. It is now late at night, and my eyes close. Dear love to you all. Good night, and sweet dreams !
- Dolly Madison