Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 6 April 1792

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Philadelphia Apr. 6. 1792.

My dear Martha

Mr. Randolph’s letter of the 18th. has been received since my last. The one it covered for Great Britain is sent by the packet now about to sail from New York. His commission to Doctor Barton shall be fulfilled to-day. Maria is with me keeping her Easter holidays. She is well. She allows herself to write but one letter a week, and having written to some acquaintance already she has nothing but her love for Monticello.-I suppose you are busy in your garden. Shackleford promised me on his honor to cover it well with manure. Has he done it? If not, tell him I have written to enquire.-Two or three straggling numbers of Fenno’s gazette being found in my office, we presume they belong to Mr. Randolph’s set, and therefore I send them. Present my best affections to him, and be assured of the cordial love of Your’s,

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNP). PrC (DLC).


TJ complied with Randolph’s commission with the following note to Benjamin Barton, 9 Apr. 1792: “Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Dr. Barton with a letter to him from Mr. Randolph, his son in law, at whose request he also incloses him an order on the bank of the U.S. for 40. Dollars 83. cents” (RC in MB; PrC in CSmH).

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