To Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.
Philadelphia June 1. 1792
Having failed to write last week on the regular day, my letter carried you three of Freneau’s papers. Consequently the present covers but one. Fenno’s are sent through Mr. Madison to you.—Maria’s mistress is just now on her departure for England. She came home yesterday. Whether she will enter with Mrs. Brodeau immediately or not, I have not determined. My tobacco is all arrived here, but in such miserable condition that I am obliged to give up half a dollar in the hundred of the price, making a loss of 200 dollars in the whole. The chief injury has been from rain between Bedford and Richmond which the badness of the hogsheads could not preserve the tobacco from. The purchaser admitted my Albemarle tobacco of the last year to have been equal to any he ever saw, and that the good and uninjured part of this was as good as that. He has promised me to make some observations in writing on what is necessary to put it in the best condition for market, which I propose to send to Mr. Clarke. Better casks and1 a separation into qualities will be well worth while, and the first alone should come here. My love to my dear Martha from Dear Sir Your’s affectionately
RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas M. Randolph junr. esq at Monticello near Charlottesville”; franked and postmarked. Tr (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); 19th-century copy.
Maria’s mistress: Mrs. Robert Edge Pine, whose boarding school in Philadelphia Mary Jefferson had been attending since October 1791 (see TJ to Randolph, 25 Oct. 1791, and note). Anne Brodeau, the mother-in-law of the architect William Thornton, also operated a Philadelphia boarding school, but Mary apparently did not attend it (Bear, Family Letters, description begins Edwin M. Betts and James A. Bear, Jr., eds., Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, Columbia, Mo., 1966 description ends 99n; Beatrice S. Jenkins, William Thornton: Small Star of the American Enlightenment [San Luis Obispo, Calif., 1982], 33).
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