Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 21 November 1806

Washington Nov. 21. 06.

My dearest Martha

Davy arrived last night and will set out tomorrow on his return. by him I send the flower-pot & plant in it which you left here, & a box No. 5. containing a bonnet for yourself. he carries also a cage with a pair of Bantams for Ellen. I must ask the favor of you to have the box No. 4. opened, to take out a piece of linen, & then let the box go on to Monticello. the linen I must ask you to have made into shirts for me so as to be ready for me when I come home in March. Rigden is not yet returned from Europe, of course your watch not here. it is thought that Rigden proposes to establish himself in Alexandria. I expected ere this to have recieved a watch for my brother from Philadelphia & to have sent it by Davy. but it is not yet come. I mention this, as it is possible my brother may send or come to Edgehill in expectation of finding it there. I am afraid it may be long before another opportunity occurs of sending it from here by a safe hand. I was happy to learn by the letters of last week that you were all well. present my affections to mr Randolph & the young ones: and be assured of my constant & tenderest love.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. Mrs. Nourse has just sent a bundle of Wallflowers for you. With these are some tussocks of Peruvian grass she sent me, & which I will ask Anne to take care of till March, when I will carry them to Monticello.


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