War with Great Britain ended by the Treaty of Ghent. Payne Todd returns from Europe, having run up a debt in excess of $6,500.
JM leaves office and the Madisons return to Montpelier.
Thomas Jefferson dies. JM becomes Rector of the University of Virginia.
JM and DPM go to Richmond for three months while JM sits as member of the convention to revise the Virginia state constitution. Payne Todd is threatened with prison for his (ever-accumulating) debts. JM pays his step-son’s debts. JM’s mother, Nellie Conway Madison, dies.
Payne Todd again imprisoned; JM again pays his debts.
Anna Payne Cutts dies.
DPM tries to get JM’s paper’s privately published. The U.S. Congress appropriates $30,000 for the purchase of JM’s notes on the Constitutional Convention.
DPM moves back to Washington, D.C. with her companion – her niece Anna Payne, daughter of her younger brother John Coles Payne.
DPM moves back to Montpelier to run the plantation. She fails to make a profit.
DPM again returns to Washington, D.C.
DPM tries to publish more of JM’s papers with Harpers. She consults John Jacob Astor about mortgaging her house in Washington, and does so in August. She sells part of the Montpelier plantation to Henry W. Moncure, a merchant from Richmond.
The United States House of Representatives honors DPM with a permanent seat in Congressional Hall. From the White House she dictates the first personal message sent by telegraphy. Growing every poorer, she offers the rest of JM’s papers to Congress, which adjourns without taking action. That summer she sells the balance of Montpelier to Moncure. In December the Senate votes to purchase the remaining works of JM, but the House still fails to act.
DPM converts to Episcopalianism and joins St. John’s Church in Washington.
Lucy Payne Washington Todd dies. Congress finally purchases the rest of JM’s papers for $25,000. Of this sum, $20,000 is invested in a trust fund for her out of fear that Payne Todd will waste it on gambling and alcohol. DPM serves as Honorary Chair of a women’s group to raise funds for the Washington Memorial.
DPM dies on July 12. Last rites are held on July 16. Her body is first placed in a vault in Washington and later buried next to JM at the family graveyard at Montpelier.
Payne Todd dies.