From Thomas Eston Randolph
Milton 5th Novr 1809
I have taken advantage of Mrs Randolph’s absence to employ the house servant at my buildings—who has had the care of the rabbits—and I observe they have suffer’d by a change of keepers—I therefore send you a pair which have been long reserv’d for you—and hope you may succeed with them better than I have done—They may be fed with Cabbage leaves—clover—indeed almost any kind of green food—when they will not require water—but if feed with wheat bran of which they are very fond—a little water will be necessary—
Thos Eston Randolph
RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Nov. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.