Joseph Coolidge to Nicholas P. Trist

My dear Sir,

I have this moment recd your letter, and purposely delay shewing it to Ellen for a few hours: I write to say that we shall leave as soon as possible, and be at Monticello without loss of time: Some time must, however, elapse before I can make the arrangements for my absence at this moment:—this is Wednesday, I doubt if we can get away before Saturday;—It was not my intention to have gone south until September, but your letter alters all my plans—Remember us to all, and expect us by the close of next week—very truly, in haste

Yr friend.
J. C J

The bells are now tolling for the decease of President Adams—he died yesterday, July 4th at Quincy.

RC (ViU: Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge Correspondence); undated but conjecturable based on interior evidence.