Washington Feb. 27. 09.
The inclosed will, I presume, inform you that all are well at Edgehill. the family will remove to Monticello on the 9th. or 10th. of March. I am in hopes to join them, about the 15th. or 16th. I imagine you will be in motion by that time, the roads permitting.
Would it not be better for you, instead of going by Fredericksburg, to find the best road to Anderson’s bridge on the North Anna, which is in the direct line from Port-Royal to Monticello. from that bridge there is a good road all along the ridge between the head waters of the North & South Anna. the direct rout from Portroyal would pass between Todd’s ordinary & Mattapony church. I think this would save you considerable distance, and give you a good road instead of the impassable one from Fredericksburg to Monticello. Congress continues in an indecisive state. I think they will substitute a total non-intercourse with France & England & their territories instead of the embargo after the 4th. of March. but it is impossible to pronounce on this. we must know how in four days. be so good as to present my respects to your father & family, my love to Anne and accept my affectionate salutations.
P.S. I expect Jefferson here on the 2d. to pass 3. or 4. days.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.