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From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 4 December 1791

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Philadelphia Dec. 4. 1791.

My Dear Daughter

We are well here, tho’ still without news from Mr. Randolph or yourself, tho’ we have been eight weeks from Monticello. Maria was to have written to you to-day, but she has been so closely engaged in pasting paper together in the form of a pocket book that she has not been able. She has been constantly getting colds since she came here. I have put on board Capt Stratton a box with the following articles for your three house-maids.

36. yds. callimanco

13 1/2 hds. calico of different patterns

25. yds. linen

9. yds. muslin

9. pr. cotton stockings thread.

I put into the same box for you la Cuisiniere Bourgeoise and the following books which Mr. Randolph wished to see. Ginanni del grano—Duhamel, maniere de conserver le grain, Duhamel de l’insecte de l’Angoumois.—Mr. Randolph sees by the papers sent him what is the price of wheat here. Perhaps he might think it worth while to send his Varina wheat here. He could always have the money in Richmond within a fortnight from the arrival of the wheat. I shall be very ready to have it received and disposed of for him on the best terms, if he chuses. So as to corn or any thing else. My affectionate love attends you all. Adieu my dear dear daughter,

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNP); date changed by overwriting from “Dec. 5.” to “Dec. 4.” PrC (MHi).

The books on agricultural topics of interest to Randolph were Ginanni, Delle Malattie del Grano in Erba (Pesaro, 1759; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, 1952–1959, 5 vols. description ends No. 740), Duhamel du Monceau, Traité de la Conservation des Grains (Paris, 1754; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, 1952–1959, 5 vols. description ends No. 737), and Duhamel du Monceau and Mathieu Tillet, Histoire d’un Insecte qui devore les Grains de l’Angoumois (Paris, 1762; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, 1952–1959, 5 vols. description ends No. 738).

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