To Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.
Bowling green March 8. 1790
I left in the room where I lodged a volume of Lopez de Gomara which I must beg the favor of you to take care of for me till I have the pleasure of seeing you. We arrived here late having a crowded stage and moving very slowly. We set out at day light tomorrow morning, and the weather being intensely cold we have not a comfortable prospect before us. Be so good as to present my respects to Colo. Randolph and my best love to the girls. I am my dear Sir Yours affectionately,
RC (James H. Eddy, Charles B. Eddy, Jr., and John B. Eddy, New York City, 1948); addressed: “Thos. Mann Randolph junr. esq. at the Haymarket, Richmond.” Not recorded in SJL. The handwriting seems to reflect the rigours of the journey and TJ’s customary abhorrence of cold.
The copy of Francisco López de Gómara’s Historia de Mexico that TJ bought of Froullé on 17 Apr. 1789 may have been the one that he left in Richmond. See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–1959, 5 vols. description ends No. 4112