My dear Mrs. Madison
Mr Clay, Mr Crittenden and myself, beg you will excuse us, from partaking of your friendly dinner to day. Do let me know how your cold is, I hope the fine weather will soon restore your health.
Your affect Friend.
Dec 15th. 1837
Maria Innes Todd Crittenden (d. 1851) was connected to Dolley Madison both
through her father, federal district judge Harry Innes - a former
schoolmate and friend of James Madison - and through her first husband, John Harris
Todd, the son of Lucy Payne Washington Todd's second husband. In 1826 Maria
Todd married the politician John J. Crittenden (1786-1863). The Innes,
Todd, and Crittenden families were all from Kentucky. John J. Crittenden
was elected to the United States Senate in 1835, so he and Mrs. Crittenden
were in Washington, D.C. the first year Dolley Madison returned to the city
after her husband's death. John J. Crittenden and his wife were supporters
and friends of the senior senator from Kentucky, Henry Clay (1777-1852).