Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 6 March 1801

To Thomas Mann Randolph

Washington Mar. 6. 1801.

Th: J. to TMR.

Harrassed with interruptions & worn down with fatigue; I take up my pen at midnight to scribble you a line. Mr. Nicholas who sets out by day light promises to call and give you the particulars of this place, & I will inclose a paper just recieved giving the details of an armistice between France & Austria, a second great victory, and the commencement of hostilities by England against Russia, Prussia, Sweden & Denmark. your clover seed has been forwarded to Richmond some time ago, with directions to mr Jefferson to apply for it to Picket & Pollard & forward it to you. I still hope to get away in a fortnight or thereabouts. by the next post I shall probably desire that Davy Bowles may be got to bring my chair & two horses as far as Herring’s a quarter of a mile this side of Strode’s & there wait for me. I shall go on horseback that far. the notice for his departure will probably be very short. my tenderest love to my dearest Martha & the little ones. and sincere & affectionate salutations to yourself.

RC (DLC); endorsed by Randolph. Enclosure not found.


The paper TJ enclosed has not been found, but on 2 Mch. the New York Commercial Advertiser printed the text of the convention detailing the armistice between Austria and France, news of victories of the French armies, and the British order in council of 14 Jan. that called for the embargo of Russian, Danish, and Swedish ports and vessels.

For directions on forwarding the clover seed, see TJ to George Jefferson, 4 Mch.

Beginning in 1800, TJ had employed davy bowles of Milton to convey his horses partway along the route between Monticello and the capital. Herring’s: Herin’s tavern in Culpeper County (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 , 2:1020, 1036; Vol. 31:360, 363,474, 483).

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