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Being so much more within writing distance here than at Monticello , and with time freer from interruption, I avail myself of it to renew to you the assurances of my constant friendship, and my wishes for your health and happiness. and as brother Jonathan must have become stale and lost his powers of excitement, I send you a little work of a higher order to make you laugh on a gloomy day. it...
I duly recieved your letter , the date of which I cannot quote because I have it not with me: but I joined you sincerely in the joy expressed on the transactions at New Orleans . they were to me infinitely pleasing to me because they proved that the people there were faithful to the Union, that the place could be defended, & that Kentucky and Tenissee would fly to it’s defence. of the...
Your favor of Oct. 10. travelled to Monticello , thence to Richmond , thence to Lynchburg , and came to me here on the same day with one of the same date from Gen l Clarke at S t Louis . this must apologise for a late answer, as it’s finding me in the act of packing up for my return must for a short one. as far as I am acquainted with the colleges and academies of the
Sincerely sympathising, my dear Madam, with yourself & friends on the apostacy of William Brown from every thing which had been believed of him. I have been for some time intending to express my condolance, but really was at a loss how much to believe of what the newspapers have said. your letter, just recieved , gives us the first details on which we can rely. it is certainly the most...
Your favor of the 13th. is duly recieved. I have not yet had a good opportunity of speaking with mr Gallatin on the subject of mr Fowler ; but it shall be done; and whatsoever the justice due to others may permit, will with pleasure be yielded to your wishes. I must observe at the same time that such is the effect of our conciliation plan, & so strongly has it operated on the minds of our...
I brought the inclosed book to this place, the last fall, intending to forward it to you; but having a neighbor here who loves to laugh, I lent it to him to read; he lent it to another, and so it went the rounds of the neighborhood and is returned to me at my Spring visit to this place. I now forward it, and if it diverts you for an hour or two, I shall be gratified by it. I was myself amused...
We feel too much interested here in the dispositions you expressed to become our neighbor, not to be attentive to any occasion which may favor it. A Mr. Lewis, my next door neighbor, having determined to remove to Kentuckey this fall offers his lands adjoining me for sale. The tract contains 700. acres, scarcely an acre of it but of first rate quality, tho’ a part of what has been cleared has...
Can you tell me, my good friend, how I came by the enclosed letter ? it is more than I can. on my unpacking here I found it in a bundle of papers which I had carried to Monticello & had not occasion to open there. I suspect it was given me here in the moment of departure in July, & put into the bundle for safe keeping: where indeed it has been very safely kept, if not so speedily delivered as...
Your friendly letter of Mar. 1. was brought here by mr Jones. he was confined many days by sickness. he called on me after he got out, but it being in the last days of Congress when every moment of my time is occupied I had not an opportunity of seeing him a second time. I have seen nobody whose appearance indicates so desperate a state of health. my daughter & her family are here with me and...
The mail between us passes very slowly. your letter of Nov. 17. reached this place on the 14 th inst only. I think while you were writing it the candles must have burnt blue, and that a priest or some other Conjurer should have been called in to exorcise your room.—to be serious however, your view of things is more gloomy than necessary. true, we are at war; that that war was unsuccesful by...
I am here, my dear Madam alive and well, and notwithstanding the murderous histories of the winter, I have not had an hour’s sickness for a twelvemonth past. I feel myself indebted to the fable however for the friendly concern expressed in your letter , which I recieved in good health, by my fireside at Monticello . these stories will come true one of these days, and poor printer Davies need...
My visits to this place, considered as a halfway-house, rekindle the desire of bringing myself to your recollection, and afford me at the same time more leisure to do so. I left all your friends at Monticello well, and the happier that mr Randolph had resigned his military commission. at Farmington not so much health: mrs Divers generally indisposed; and mr Divers has been all the winter, and...
Your letter of the 6th. instant has been duly recieved. I know of no inconvenience which will arise from a knowledge of our intentions to have made mr Trist the successor of mr Steele in the supposed event of his death: an event still considered as more than probable, tho from the nature of his disease he may wear for some time. I confess I would rather the appointment should not take place...
Your two letters, my dear friend, of Aug. 31. & Sep. 9. reached me on the 9th. & 31st. of October. I had already learned through other channels the melancholy event they announced. be assured I deeply felt for your situation: but on this subject I will not say one word; experience in the same school having taught me that time alone can mitigate what nothing can remedy. I hope that the...
I recieved in due time your favor of a date which I cannot quote, because I have it not here, & I avail myself of this half way house to acknolege it. we were all happy to learn that you were well. in good spirits we always presume you are. with the benefit of the pleasing society of the family in which you are, we know that as to that of the neighborhood, you can always accomodate yourself to...
I recieved safely the letter you put under cover to Capt Brent and altho’ pleased to learn you were in good health, yet it was much allayed by the information of the losses you have sustained among your connections. but this class of misfortunes is new to neither of us, & we both know that the best medecine is to drop the curtain on it’s recollection. I do not wonder much at the agitations of...
I recieve with great thankfulness your kind congratulations on my liberation from the duties & anxieties of my late situation. five & twenty years of affectionate acquaintance (perhaps it is uncivil to recall such a period to a single lady) leave me without a doubt of their sincerity. of the ground of congratulation nobody can be a more feeling judge than myself. I my present freedom of...
Your letter of Dec. 17. was near three weeks on it’s passage here. immediately on it’s reciept I turned over to Ellen the letter you had inclosed me for translation, she being as much a mistress of the language as any of us and less occupied by correspondences and business. her translation is inclosed in a letter from herself, and I sincerely congratulate you on it’s flattering purport. our...