To Martha B. Eppes
Monticello Jan. 7. 1810
Th: Jefferson presents his affectionate respects to mrs Eppes and incloses her a letter from his grandson Francis, who having written his first to his father, sends his second to his Mama, & is preparing his third for his Grandmama. he is become very assiduous, passing much of the day in writing, & his evenings mostly in reading. he has enamoured the family here with his good & his governable dispositions. his affections are often & warmly expressed for his Mama, to whom Th: Jefferson begs leave to present the homage of his esteem & attachment.
PoC (CSmH: JF); dateline below body of letter; at foot of text: “Mrs Martha B. Eppes. Halifax”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.
Martha Burke Jones Eppes (ca. 1790–1863) was the daughter of Willie Jones, a prominent planter in Halifax County, North Carolina, who led the successful opposition in that state to ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788. She married John Wayles Eppes on 15 Apr. 1809 and took up residence at Mill Brook in Buckingham County (Dorman, Eppes Descendants, 2:404–7; Richmond Enquirer, 25 Apr. 1809; Richmond Southern Churchman, 18 Dec. 1863).
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