Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Martha Jefferson Randolph, 24 February 1809

Edgehill February 24, 1809

My Dearest Father

Mr Randolph has been applied to by the people of the County generally to know if you would have any objection to their meeting you on the road and escorting you to Charlottesville. not only the militia companies but the body of the people. they wish it as the last opportunity they can have of giving you a public testimony of their respect and affection if you will write to him by the return of the post the 6th being court day he will have an opportunity of seeing them and giving them the answer required. I wrote to you by the last mail but from Ellen’s letter it appear’d that you had not recieved mine and although I suppose you must have recieved it ere this yet for fear of accident will again mention the name of young Moultrie. his Father’s letter to which I must refer you for his christian name you informed me at the time, was filed with the papers of the office, if it should not be found Mr Randolph thinks David R Williams may probably know the name. he is the eldest son of Doctor James Moultrie of Charlston S.C. to divide the confusion of your arrival and my moving and thereby lessen it I think I shall go to Monticello the 9 or 10th. it will give me time to fix my self before the arrival of your waggons & servants which will naturally occasion some bustle in the family. adieu My Very Dear

Father your Devoted Child


Mr Randolph begs the favor of you to send the enclosed by some of the members of congress who are probably acquainted with Mr Barker I have taken avadtade of your power of franking letters My Dear Papa to convey a parcel to Ann almost too bulky for the post will you be so kind as to enclose it to her immediately

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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