From Elizabeth Wayles Eppes
Eppington Oct. 10 1797
The contents of your friendly letter gave me the highest satisfaction, and I long for the happy moment to call dear Maria my daughter, to say how much poor Betsy, and myself are disappoint’d at not being present requires a better pen than mine.
We look forward with the utmost pleasure for a happy meeting, and hope you will be able to visit us this month, we will then talk of their settling, you are too generous, I am sure not to let us have half their company. Yours affectionatly
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Oct. 1797 and so recorded in SJL.
Your friendly letter: TJ to Eppes, 25 Sep. 1797 (recorded in SJL, but not found). disappointed at not being present: the marriage between John Wayles Eppes and Mary Jefferson took place on 13 Oct. 1797, which TJ recorded without any other details ([John C. Wyllie, ed.], Thomas Jefferson’s Prayer Book [Charlottesville, 1952], pl. IX; MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , ii, 972). For Mary Jefferson’s previous relationship with the Eppes family, see TJ to Elizabeth Wayles Eppes, 15 May 1791.