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Dolley P. Madison Letter to Mrs. John Page

Identifier: SC 01292

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Letter, n.y. January 14, Dolley P. Madison [Richmond, Va.] to Margaret Lowther Page (Mrs. John Page), Rosewell, York [County, Va.]. Written before John Page's death in 1808. James Madison served in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1799 and 1800 and the letter is postmarked Richmond. Discusses her disappointment that she and her husband missed seeing the Pages and the Bishop James Madison. Entreats the Pages to spend the next summer with the Madisons in Orange; hopes Mrs. McClane will accompany them; Mrs. J. Mayo sends affectionate greetings. Letter is incomplete and has been encapsulated. 2 p. on 1 leaf ; 17.5 cm. x 37.5 cm.


  • Creation: circa 1798-1807 January 14


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Dorothea Dandrige Payne or Dolley Payne, was born (May 20, 1768 - July 12, 1849) was the wife of President James Madison, who served from 1809 until 1817. She also occasionally acted as what is now described as First Lady of the United States during the administration of Thomas Jefferson, fulfilling the ceremonial functions more usually associated with the President's wife, since Jefferson was a widower. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Guide to the Dolley P. Madison Letter to Mrs. John Page
Finding Aid Authors: Ellen Strong.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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