To Craven Peyton
Washington Oct. 25. 1801.
Your favor of the 16th. was recieved on the 20th. the post having departed the day before as usual. you ask what shall be done with Shadwell? there was a wish in mr Tom Esting Randolph to have rented it. mr T M Randolph can tell whether he now wishes it. if not, let it to some one tenant, if you please, subject to my approbation which can be asked in a fortnight always. I say to some one tenant, because I would not divide it into more than one tenement. I would much rather consolidate it into one with the residue of the tract. accept my best wishes for your health & happiness.
PrC (ViU); at foot of text: “Mr. Craven Peyton”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Tom Esting Randolph: Thomas Eston Randolph was TJ’s first cousin, the eldest son of TJ’s uncle William. He married his cousin Jane Cary Randolph, the sister of TJ’s son-in-law Thomas Mann Randolph, and became the father-in-law of TJ’s grandson Francis Eppes. In 1803, he declined an offer by TJ to lease property at Shadwell and instead lived across the Rivanna River from Milton at Glen-more (Daniels, Randolphs of Virginia description begins Jonathan Daniels, The Randolphs of Virginia, Garden City, N.Y., 1972 description ends , xiii, xiv, 92, 93, 264; 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 , 2:1156; Vol. 1:410n; Thomas Eston Randolph to TJ, 30 May 1803, in MHi).