From Elizabeth Wayles Eppes
[Osborne’s, 7 May 1787]
This will, I hope, be handed you by my dear Polly, who I most ardently wish may reach you in the health she is in at present. I shall be truly wretched till I hear of her being safely landed with you. The children will spend a day or two on board the ship with her, which I hope will reconcile her to it. For God’s sake give us the earliest intelligence of her arrival.
MS not found; text is taken from Randolph, Domestic Life description begins Sarah N. Randolph, The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson description ends , p. 124–5, where it is printed without date. The letter, of which this extract may be the whole, is certainly that from Mrs. Eppes written 7 May 1787 from Osborne’s and recorded in SJL as received 30 June 1787.