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Thomas Jefferson to Elizabeth Trist, 1 February 1814

To Elizabeth Trist

Monticello Feb. 1. 14.

Dear Madam

Your letter of Dec. 17. was near three weeks on it’s passage here. immediately on it’s reciept I turned over to Ellen the letter you had inclosed me for translation, she being as much a mistress of the language as any of us and less occupied by correspondences and business. her translation is inclosed in a letter from herself, and I sincerely congratulate you on it’s flattering purport. our Martha has had a poor time since the birth of her new daughter. harrassed with lingering fevers which have greatly debilitated her. she ought to have come out to day, but is not strong enough, and it is snowing. the grandchildren and great grandchildren are serenading us in every corner of the house with the whooping cough. most of them however have it favorably, some badly, but none dangerously. I have heard only of two deaths from it in the neighborhood. mr Randolph will probably leave us in the spring to try another campaign; tho’ he does not seem decided. Jefferson has found a loadstone at Warren, which draws him there so often as to induce us to conclude the attraction of the two bodies mutual. mr Gilmer’s brothers and their families here were all well a few days ago. the Doctor has removed from Milton to a place bought of one of the Keys near mr Minor’s. this is our small news: and as for great, we may as well say nothing, as we have nothing comfortable, either behind or before us to say. we have had indeed some comfortable things from the ocean where they could do us no good, but on the land, where they would have been useful, neither courage nor conduct to cheer us. we must sympathise with our mutual friend who is doomed to see his wise measures all baffled in the execution. affectionate salutations and Adieu.

Th: Jefferson

RC (John Randolph Burke, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 1947; photostat in ViU: TJP); addressed: “Mrs Elizabeth Trist at mr Gilmer’s near Henry Court house”; franked; postmarked Milton, 4 Feb. PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

Martha Jefferson Randolph’s new daughter was Septimia A. Randolph (Meikleham). The loadstone attracting Thomas Jefferson Randolph to Warren was his future wife, Jane Hollins Nicholas. our mutual friend: James Madison.

Index Entries

  • children; health of search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); as linguist search
  • Gilmer, John (1782–1834); changes residence search
  • Gilmer, Peachy Ridgeway; family of search
  • health; of TJ’s family search
  • health; pregnancy and childbirth search
  • health; whooping cough search
  • Madison, James; TJ on search
  • Meikleham, Septimia Anne Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); birth of search
  • Minor, Peter; mentioned search
  • Randolph, Jane Hollins Nicholas (Thomas Jefferson Randolph’s wife; Wilson Cary Nicholas’s daughter); and T. J. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); bears daughter search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); children of search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); health of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and J. H. N. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and military appointment search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; letters to search
  • women; letters to; E. Trist search