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Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 18 August 1817

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Poplar Forest Aug. 18. 17.

I inclose the within, to you, my dearest daughter & friend, because it is of great consequence, to be put into the post office at Charlottesville from which place it will go safer to Staunton than from hence. Ellen writes to you and of course will give the news of this place if she can muster up any. the history of our expedition to the Natural bridge she will write you of course. the sun, moon and stars move here so much like what they do at Monticello, and every thing else so much in the same order, not omitting even the floods of rain, that they afford nothing new for observation. it will not be new that we give all our love to young & old, male & female of the family, and our kisses to Septimia particularly, with gingerbread which she will prefer to them.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); addressed (torn): “Mrs Mar[. . .]”; endorsed by Randolph. Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure: TJ to Chapman Johnson, [18] Aug. 1817, and enclosures.

Based on TJ’s consistent misdating of letters written and received at Poplar Forest in August 1817, this letter may actually have been written on 19 Aug. 1817.

Index Entries

  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Natural Bridge search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Poplar Forest search
  • food; gingerbread search
  • gingerbread search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Natural Bridge search
  • Meikleham, Septimia Anne Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); greetings sent to search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; TJ visits search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; TJ’s grandchildren visit search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ’s grandchildren visit search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); forwards TJ’s correspondence search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); letters to search
  • women; letters to; M. J. Randolph search