Washington June 1. 07.
My dearest Martha
I am in hopes this evening’s mail will bring me information that you are all well, tho in the mean time this letter will have gone on. my health has been constant since my return here. I inclose a newspaper for mr Randolph, a magazine for yourself, and a piece of poetry for Ellen. tell her she is to consider this as a substitute for a letter and that I debit her account accordingly. I shall have a letter for Anne next week, by which time I am in hopes to recieve a report from her of the state of our affairs at Monticello. we had cucumbers here on the 20th. of May, strawberries the 24th. & peas the 26th. I am in hopes she has noted when you first had cherries & strawberries. of small news in this place we have not much. Doctr. Bullas & his family have left it for the Mediterranean. S. H. Smith proposes to give up his press. whether he will remain here afterwards will probably depend on his obtaining office. it is thought he will offer as successor to Beckley. altho’ we had fires on the 19th. 20th. & 21st. the summer seems now to have set in seriously. on the 30th. the thermometer was at 84°. will you tell mr Randolph that I have found here the pure breed of Guinea hogs, and shall endeavor to send on a litter of the pigs when my cart comes in autumn. is there any thing here I can get or do for you? it would much add to my happiness if I oftener could know how to add to your convenience or gratification. remember me affectionately to mr Randolph & the young ones, and be assured yourself of my tenderest love