Author: Dolley Madison


Letter from Dolley Madison to Lucy Todd (August 23, 1814)

In this letter, dated August 23, 1814, Dolley Madison writes her sister Lucy Todd from the White House describing her preparations to flee Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812. The original manuscript letter is lost, but Madison sent this transcript of it to her biographer, Margaret Bayard Smith, in 1836. Madison uses “XXX” to denote ellipses.