Your kind letter of the 24th was this day received. I hasten to reply that whenever Mrs. Carter shall inform me she is ready to receive me, I will start for Washington expecting to be at her house next day. The short stop to the Library of Congress will just suit me. Tell her my servant sleeps in my bedroom in which I wish her to put a cot down for him. Tell her he is a very good quiet orderly fellow as black as the ace of spades. I think her terms very reasonable. I may stay in Washington many months --- probably shall.
Then we must have our meetings every night & a little and just such comforts as will make this old Whigs happy.
I am dear Sargent Ever faithfully & affectionately Your friend John M Clayton
P.S. Please let me know what Mrs. C says by next mail