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DEAR MOTHER, My absence with Gen'l. La Fayette in Virginia, and the great accumulation of business since my return, has prevented me from writing to you at an earlier period.
We are all well. Patrick had the scarlet fever while I was absent, but is now quite hearty. John is still a little pale and feeble, but has a good appetite, and is gradually getting stout. The other children with their mother are remarkably well. Your friends as far as my information extends are also well. Mr Halby called on us yesterday; and he and his family enjoy good health. I have not yet rentted the House, nor sold the carriage and horses. I fear, I will find it difficult to do either to advantage. We are now in the city and the House is shut up and is without a tenant. Should I not succeed in obtaining one, I will get Mr Smith to take charge of the premises.
From present appearances your candidate Gen'l. Jackson will be elected: He is, as far as the returns have come in, far ahead. There seems to be no doubt of my election as V. Pres't. It will at least have one advantage, that of permitting me to devote more of my time to my private affairs. I hope that your journey out was agreeable, and that you have been well since. Floride and all of the children desire their love to you. Patrick often speaks of you. We will be glad to hear from you.
- John C. Calhoun
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.