MVB to [Judith] Rives, 28 February 1828
Feby 28th 28
My dear friend
I am extremely sorry that my improvement has been too slow to make it proper for me to accompany you & Mr Rivers to the Presidents tomorrow. I can assure you it has cost me no inconsiderable effort to give up the pleasure I had proposed to myself in the visit; so much so that the admonition of old Father Shakespeare that “things without remedy should be without regard” can scarcely reconcile me to my determination. I hope you will not fail to go as I am persuaded you will have a pleasant (probably the wedding) part & be satisfied that the adversary meant us fairer than appearance seemed to indicate. My servant will want to see whether you have any message in return. I hope Mr Rives is better.