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Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 17 February 1811

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Poplar Forest Feb. 17. 11

My ever dear Martha

Our post to Milton is but once a week, and I missed the opportunity of sending my letter to Lynchburg the last week. I performed my journey to this place with as little fatigue and by the same stages as in my chair. and by losing myself the first day I made it 40. miles to mr Scott’s. I have sold my tobo here for 7. Dollars: but my wheat is in an embarrassing situation. the dam of the mill in which it is has now broke a second time, and the Miller refuses to deliver my wheat back altho he had promised in that event to redeliver it. it will take another month to mend his dam, by which time the price and the river both may fail us. I propose to make another formal demand of it, & if he refuses, I may have parted with my crop for a lawsuit instead of money. besides that he is not able to pay all who are in my situation with him. I expect to obtain his final decision within a few days, and, whatever it be to set out then on my return if the weather will permit. we have had 4. snows since my arrival here, one of 4. Inches, the others slight. they have put the roads into a horrible situation. I was two days ago at Belleplaine, Beaulieu, Bellavista, Mount Dougherty, Etc all well except a man (William) who is habitually otherwise. Slaughter is much surprised that the two men expected are not yet arrived, and the more on my telling him they were to set out from Monticello the day after I left it now three weeks past. kiss & bless all the fireside for me, and be assured yourself of my unceasing & tenderest love.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); at foot of text: “Mrs Randolph”; endorsed by Randolph. SC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

The miller was George Callaway. TJ’s slave William was most likely a blacksmith of that name born in 1753 (Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1953 (in two separately paginated sections; unless otherwise specified, references are to the second section) description ends , pt. 1, 131).

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  • Callaway, George; mill and dam search
  • Mount Dougherty, Va. search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
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  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); letters to search
  • Slaughter, Joseph; mentioned search
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