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Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 16 April 1810

To Thomas Jefferson Randolph

Monticello Apr. 16. 10.

Dear Jefferson

We are out of sallad-oil, and you know it is a necessary of life here. can any be had in Richmond? I must get you to enquire, and to be particular as to it’s quality. if fine I would be glad to have half a dozen quarts. if midling 2. or 3. bottles will do. if absolutely not good get a single bottle only to serve till I can get some from Philadelphia.1 mr Jefferson will be so good as to have it paid for, and I must get you to have it well packed, in much straw, & sent up in2 a boat. mr T. Eston Randolph’s boat left Milton yesterday for Richmond, by the return of which you can send it. your father’s boats do not now come up this river. that the oil should be packed in much straw is to protect it from the heat of the sun.

we are all full of complaints against you for not writing to us. independant of the wish to hear from you, I would advise you, as an exercise, to write a letter to somebody every morning, the first thing after you get up. as most of the business of life, & all our friendly communications are by way of letter, nothing is more important than to acquire a facility of developing our ideas on paper; and practice alone will give this. take pains at the same time to write a neat round, plain hand, and you will find it a great convenience through life to write a small & compact hand as well as a fair & legible one. I shall probably see you in Richmond in May. the family is all well except Benjamin whose health is not good.

Affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

1TJ here canceled “we all.”

2Manuscript: “up by in.”

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • food; salad oil search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; importance of correspondence search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; penmanship search
  • Milton, Va.; boats traveling to and from search
  • oil; salad search
  • penmanship; TJ on search
  • Randolph, Benjamin Franklin (TJ’s grandson); illness of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); boats of, transfer goods search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and salad oil search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); education of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); letters to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); boats of, transfer goods search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Rivanna River; boats on search
  • salad oil search