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Dolley Madison was more than a hostess or James Madison’s wife; she was a his political wife.
In May 1794, age age forty-three, James Madison met and fell in love with Dolley Payne Todd, a recent widow and mother of a son named John Payne Todd. They were formally introduced to one another by Aaron Burr Jr., who had been handling her legal affairs and to whom Madison requested a formal meeting with Dolley. On their first formal meeting, Dolley is said to of worn a mulberry-colored satin dress, a silk handkerchief around her neck and a tiny cap.
“The Great little Madison”, Dolley wrote to one of her friends. George and Martha Washington encouraged the courtship. Around August, James proposed and she accepted. It is highly possible that Dolley and James met before 1794; in 1789, since she was visiting her uncle, a congressman, in Philadelphia, which Madison was a member of. On September 15th, the two were married at a small stone plantation house, belonging to one of Washington’s nephews.
James added a wing to Montpelier (his plantation home) for himself and his new family–Dolley, her son, and her younger sister, Anna–with a separate door and separate kitchen. Madison valued his new status as head of the household. Becoming Mrs. Madison severed Dolley’s connections with her Quaker heritage, who in December of 1794 disowned her for marrying outside of the faith. Madison gained from his marriage an expansion of his personality. He stayed the same but Dolley completed him as a public figure. She knew all of her husband’s enemies were and kept a running tally of their disasters and defeats.
When Dolley got a tumor in her thigh and agreed to see a physician, her husband pulled off from his work so that he could join her at the physician. “Dread of separation”. Dolley to James: “getting well as fast as I can, for I have the reward in view of then seeing my beloved.” When in illness, they would spend day and night by one another’s side, tending to each other. Mr. Madison treated her son, John Payne very well–never striking him and afraid to instill punishment on him. Dolley and James Madison never had children together but Madison covered all of John Payne’s debts and prison release costs.
His strengths were his wife. Since Thomas Jefferson was a widower at the time of his presidency, Dolley became Jefferson’s hostess. Jefferson regularly would take Dolley to dinner (even angering one of the husband because Jefferson did not take the guests wife to the table and instead took Madison).
While President of the United States, Dolley took complete control of all social events at the white house, everyone flocking to meet her and they referred to her husband as “a shriveled little John apple”. When James Madison was forced to evacuate Washington D.C. and he sent a slave back to D.C. to tell Dolley to, “clear out!” of the white house. She and a few slaves packed up some valuables and got out right as the British were down the street. Each Madison spent that night of the evacuation at a plantation on different Virginian side, neither knowing where the other was. Later, they reunited at a tavern overlooking the stream.
In their retirement, Dolley ran the show at Montpelier. On rainy days, James walked back and forth on the porch for his exercise, sometimes even racing Dolley, who, one guest reported could run very well for her age. Because his fingers were swollen, she used to lend hers and played her music box for him as they sat by the fire. Dolley Madison survived her husband by thirteen years and inherited Montpelier. She sold a few of his slaves to neighbors and relatives; in 1844, she finally sold the remainder of the estate.
Dolley Madison became somewhat of a monument. She attended the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington monument, alone with Elizabeth Hamilton. The presence of the two old ladies on the reviewing stand represented a posthumous fusion, in honor and forgetfulness, of their husbands, friends, then enemies and of the man they both served.
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