Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 12 March 1807

Washington. Thursday Mar. 12. 07.

My dearest Martha

Altho’ this letter which goes by the carts, will not reach you till Monday evening, and that which I shall write you by the post of tomorrow evening will reach you on Monday morning, yet I cannot omit to drop you a line lest any accident should delay that by mail. mr Randolph continues well. eats with appetite sleeps tolerably, reads: and has not had the smallest return of fever since it left him, which is 6. days ago. the day before yesterday he walked in the Circular room upstairs about 5. or 600. steps, yesterday he walked 1200. and to-day he will come downstairs and take a ride in the chariot. his convalescence will now be rapid. he thinks he shall not be strong enough to set out on his journey till Monday the 23d. which is the day he sets for it. I think he will be able sooner. however on this subject you will have further opportunities of being informed by your Monday’s & Thursday’s posts. your letter of the 7th. shews you had supposed him worse than I stated him to be. this was not so. I know that unless a statement is faithful enough to command credit, it leaves the mind in the most distressing uncertainty. mr R’s fever was of 12. days. the first 2 days it was slight; it then continued extremely violent for a week with but small abatements. yet he had so much strength as never to be in immediate danger, altho had it continued so some days longer danger would have supervened. on the 10th. day it abated evidently still more on the 11th. & went off on the 12th. which was the day I wrote you by mr Burwell. we are now at the 18th. day since he was taken. Adieu my dearest Martha. kiss all the little ones for me. should I by any post omit to write, do not be alarmed; for as he is quite well it is very possible my business may sometimes prevent my recollecting a post day.

Th: Jefferson


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