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Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 4 August 1818

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Rockfish gap Aug. 4. 18.

My dear daughter

All our members, except 3 who came not at all1 arrived on Saturday morning so that we got to work by 10. aclock, and finished yesterday evening. we are detained till this morning for fair copies of our report. Staunton had 2. votes, Lexington 3. the Central college 16. I have never seen business done with so much order, & harmony, nor an abler nor pleasanter society. we have been well served too. excellent rooms, everyone his bed, a table altho’ not elegant, yet plentiful and satisfactory. I proceed today with judge Stuart to Staunton.2 every body tells me the time I allot to the Springs is too short. that 2. or 3. weeks bathing will be essential. I shall know better when I get there, but I foresee the possibility and even probability that my stay there must be longer than I expected. I am most afraid of losing mr Correa’s visit. I shall write to him from the springs. Cooper has failed in his election, Dr Patterson having obtained the Chemical chair.3 I imagine he has written to me, but I must inform him from the springs of the cause of delay in answering him. kiss all the family for me, and be assured of my warmest love.

Th: Jefferson

PS. send Gill immediately for my bed Etc.

RC (NNPM); adjacent to signature: “Mrs Randolph”; endorsed by Randolph. SC (MHi); lacking postscript; endorsed by TJ. Not recorded in SJL.

the springs: Warm Springs.

1Word, interlined in RC, is not in SC.

2Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

3Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • beds; for University of Virginia commissioners’ meeting search
  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • chemistry; collegiate education in search
  • Cooper, Thomas; academic career of search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • Gillette, Gill (TJ’s slave; b.1792); as wagoner search
  • household articles; beds search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; rheumatism search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Rockfish Gap search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Warm Springs search
  • Lexington, Va.; as potential location for state university search
  • Patterson, Robert Maskell; professorship of search
  • Pennsylvania, University of search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); instructions to, from TJ search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); letters to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); TJ sends news to search
  • rheumatism; TJ’s search
  • schools and colleges; University of Pennsylvania search
  • Staunton, Va.; as potential location for state university search
  • Staunton, Va.; TJ visits search
  • Stuart, Archibald; TJ visits search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ meeting at Rockfish Gap search
  • Warm Springs (Bath Co.); TJ visits search
  • women; letters to; M. J. Randolph search