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Thomas Eston Randolph to Thomas Jefferson, 3 September 1809

From Thomas Eston Randolph

Sunday 3d Sepr 1809

Dear Sir

I had depended on getting a Gig in Milton (which I have been in the habit of hiring) to take my Son to School. it is at present out—and very uncertain when it will return—If you can without any inconvenience accomodate me with the loan of yours—you will very much oblige me—I propose to set off on Tuesday and expect to return in a week—

with very friendly regards I am Your most Obdt

Thos Eston Randolph

RC (MHi); dateline below signature; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Sept. 1809 and so recorded in SJL; with unrelated calculations by TJ on verso.

Thomas Eston Randolph (1767–1842) was the son of TJ’s uncle William Randolph and the husband of Jane Cary Randolph, the sister of TJ’s son-in-law Thomas Mann Randolph. In 1805 Thomas Eston Randolph purchased Glenmore, across the Rivanna from Milton, and some eight years later he disposed of this property and moved to Ashton, adjoining TJ’s Pouncey’s tract about five miles east of Monticello. TJ sometimes used Randolph’s boats for shipments from Richmond, and in 1808 and 1809 Randolph leased Lego and some lands at Milton from TJ. From 1814 Randolph leased TJ’s flour mill, first in conjunction with Thomas Mann Randolph and then by himself. In 1822 his daughter Mary Elizabeth Cleland Randolph married TJ’s grandson Francis Eppes. Randolph moved his family to Florida after TJ’s death and became a federal marshal there in 1831 (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 303; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1156, 1263, 1310; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 4:178, 193 [7, 30 Dec. 1831]; Randolph Whitfield, “The Florida Randolphs, 1829–1978” [1978 typescript in ViU, 18]).

Randolph’s son was probably William Eston Randolph, who was thirteen years old at the time (Monticello Association Papers, 13; Randolph, Randolphs description begins Robert Isham Randolph, The Randolphs of Virginia, 1936 description ends , 107; Whitfield, “Florida Randolphs,” 59).

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); family of search
  • gigs; loan of TJ’s search
  • household articles; gigs search
  • Lego (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); lease of search
  • Milton, Va.; T. E. Randolph’s lands at search
  • Pouncey’s tract (TJ’s property) search
  • Randolph, Jane Cary (wife of Thomas Eston Randolph) search
  • Randolph, Mary Elizabeth Cleland search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); and TJ’s gig search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); boats of, transfer goods search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); identified search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
  • Randolph, William (TJ’s uncle) search
  • Randolph, William Eston search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Shadwell mills; lease of search