From John Strode
Culpeper 4 May 1802
If unhappily for me I am destined to absence as you pass my humble dwelling, pray let not that make any differance with you, or those that are with you. but honor it once more I humbly intreat You with Your presence for One Night. My Little Daughter and every One at the place will be all Obedience & respect With all due regard
I am Sir Yr. most Obdt
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 6 May and so recorded in SJL.
As he often did on his trips to and from Monticello, TJ spent a NIGHT at Strode’s home, recording a payment of 75 cents for “Strode’s vales” on 7 May. He also recorded a payment to Strode during his return to Washington later that month (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 , 2:1072–3; Vol. 33:315, 445).