From Thomas Jefferson Randolph
Edghill Oct. 30 1803
Dear Grand Papa
I have read Goldsmith’s grecian history Thucidides & I am now reading Goldsmith’s Roman hitory. give my love to Papa and uncle Eppes. adieu Grand Papa your most afectionate Grand son
Thomas Jefferson Randolph
RC (Mrs. Edwin Page Kirk, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1956, on deposit at ViU); dateline probably in Martha Jefferson Randolph’s hand; endorsed by TJ as received 7 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.
TJ had been employing a gang of enslaved workers to dig a canal for his long-planned millworks at the Shadwell estate. The smaller toll mill, which was used mostly for grinding grain for his own household, began operation in December, although the canal required several adjustments (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 , 2:1099n; Thomas Mann Randolph to TJ, 24 Dec.; TJ to James Walker, 28 Jan. 1804).
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