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Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 31 March 1815

To Thomas Jefferson Randolph

Monticello Mar. 31. 15.

Dear Jefferson

Ellen’s visit to Warren has been delayed by an unlucky accident. on Monday we heard that my brother was very sick. mrs Marks wishing to go & see him I sent her the next morning in the gig with a pair of my horses, counting on their return the next day so that Ellen & Cornelia might have gone on Thursday according to arrangement. after mrs Marks had got about 7. miles on her road, one of the horses (Bedford) was taken so ill that she thought it best to return. he died that night, and no pair of the remaining three could be trusted to draw a carriage. mrs Marks going off again to-day to Snowden, I make Wormley take Seelah, and direct him to return by Warren & exchange him with you for the mare Hyatilda. she is an excellent draught animal, and with a match I have for her at Tufton will carry the girls very well; only that as it is some time since she was in geer, it will be advisable to drive her in the waggon two or three days. in the mean time as your business will probably bring you to court the girls will have the benefit of your escort to Warren. this is the best arrangement it is in my power to make. Ellen is still unwell, and her face tied up, which however she would not have permitted to disappoint her visit. the family here wish to be presented with respect to mrs Nicholas and the family of Warren. to our new friend whom you have brought into so near relation with us, give assurances that we recieve her as a member of our family with very great pleasure and cordiality1 and shall endeavor and hope to make this an acceptable home to you both. ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP-ER); on verso of reused address cover of Horatio G. Spafford to TJ, 24 Feb. 1815; at foot of text: “Th: J. Randolph”; endorsed by TJ.

court: Albemarle County Court. Although Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge)’s face was tied up as a result of an illness that had temporarily paralyzed her jaw, she and her sister Cornelia intended to visit their brother and his bride (our new friend), Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph, whom he had married on 6 Mar. 1815 (Martha Jefferson Randolph to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 14 Mar. 1815 [NcU: NPT]; Shackelford, Descendants description begins George Green Shackelford, ed., Collected Papers of the Monticello Association of the Descendants of Thomas Jefferson, 1965–84, 2 vols. description ends , 1:77).

A missing letter from Randolph to TJ of 25 Mar. 1815 is recorded in SJL as received the next day from Carysbrook.

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County Court, Va. search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); health of search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); plans to visit T. J. Randolph and J. H. N. Randolph search
  • health; paralysis search
  • horses; disabled search
  • horses; owned by TJ search
  • Hughes, Wormley (TJ’s slave; b.1781); transports TJ’s horses search
  • Jefferson, Randolph (TJ’s brother); and A. S. Marks search
  • Jefferson, Randolph (TJ’s brother); health of search
  • Marks, Anne Scott Jefferson (TJ’s sister; Hastings Marks’s wife); visits R. Jefferson and family search
  • Nicholas, Margaret Smith (Wilson Cary Nicholas’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Randolph, Cornelia Jefferson (TJ’s granddaughter); plans visit to J. H. N. Randolph and T. J. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Jane Hollins Nicholas (Thomas Jefferson Randolph’s wife; Wilson Cary Nicholas’s daughter); and C. J. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Jane Hollins Nicholas (Thomas Jefferson Randolph’s wife; Wilson Cary Nicholas’s daughter); and E. W. R. Coolidge search
  • Randolph, Jane Hollins Nicholas (Thomas Jefferson Randolph’s wife; Wilson Cary Nicholas’s daughter); and T. J. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and C. J. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and E. W. R. Coolidge search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and J. H. N. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); letters from accounted for search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); letters to search
  • Tufton (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); horses at search