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I omitted giving the Treasurer my Bond for things purchas’d at the Palace Amount £8:18:6. Indeed it ought to have been Cash, but as I hope it will make little difference I shall take it as a favor if you would do it for me, and this shall indemnify you. I am Your hum Servt, RC ( NjP ). Addressed: “To Thomas Jefferson Esqr in Williamsburg. Favr. Mr Barrett.” Endorsed: “T. M. Randolph” (not in...
Extract of a letter dated Richmd. Nov. 22. 1795. ‘ Mann Page’s motion for a resolution approving the conduct of the minority in the national senate was warmly agitated three whole days, Wednesday, Thursd. and Friday. It was much less ably defended than opposed. John Marshal it was once apprehended would make a great number of converts by an argument which cannot be considered in any other...
I am greatly disappointed in being obliged to give up the attempt to reach Monticello before you set out. On Saturday Morning I was in Richmond ready to perform part of the journey that day but the rain prevented me: on Sunday the sun shone and I sat out but was obliged to put in at Cranches tavern two miles above Tuckahoe by a pretty smart shower from which the oil cloth could not protect me...
your letter of the 14th. Dec. did not arrive at Belmont till the 1st. inst: it did not lie in Charlottesville as we send thither regularly every week: I cannot explain its delay there was no failure that I have heard of in the Fredericksburg as happened in the Richmond Mail about that time. Martha undertook to write the post after; that is last Monday, and being out myself I lost the...
We had no mail last week from Richmond or Fredericksburg which lost us our weekly joy of reading your letter or knowing you are well. I rec’d. your present of Fauchet’s pamphlet which I read eagerly myself and communicated to our friends: I have not yet learnt the character it bears: I believe it myself to be just in all its statements & views, and I admire greatly the moderation with which it...
You will be alarmed at a report Richardson will make of an occurrence at Monticello which I have had notice of only since my indisposition & have not been able to go over & learn the truth of the matter & the magnitude of the Mischief, if any has been done. Jupiter came over to me yesterday evening—he says there has never been the smallest mark about the Door or lock, of the room having been...
I visited Monticello yesterday and entered your room with great anxiety but was soon much comforted by finding little change in the position of the different things which are exposed to the eye: I had got the general order of the room very much in my mind from the many visits I had paid and am satisfied from its being so little broken that no great mischief has been done. Indeed the villain...
I did not expect to have written by this post as I was much engaged in preparing some papers & in the business of the farm my Overseer being abroad on some affairs of his own, and Martha had written fully this morning. I recollect however now (7 oclock in the Evening) that tis necessary to inform you the Nailery will soon be out of iron if it does not receive a supply from you. George came...
We rec’d. your two letters of the 22d. Feb. on the 3 inst. and that of the 2d. on the 10th. I have not been able to procure horses for George and Page yet tho’ I have taken very considerable pains myself and they as far as the hurry of the season would permit them have been looking about. There are none worth having in the neighbourhood but many pass along the road from Kentucki, for sale, and...
I am confident I could have served you considerably but I thought it better to trust to the motives upon which you depended than risk the consequences of a sudden relaxation of strict command. I scarcely look to the Nailery at all—George I am sure could not stoop to my authority & I hope and believe he pushes your interests as well as I could. The papers with the dispatches from our envoys...
yours of 12th. inst. reached us the 25th. that of 19th. last night. Nothing of Arnold yet—the trees had a long passage from Richmond; we lost not a moment but could not get them in the ground till the 24th.—they were in such excellent condition and the Earth in so good order that I have no doubt this will be the most successfull planting you ever made—the Harpsichord did not receive the...
A few days since I returned from a journey of 3 weeks into the lower country during which from perpetual hurry and weariness I failed to write to you. Your favor of Ap. 26. I rec’d. May 5th. the Evening before I sat out; that of May 24th. yesterday; the intermediate letters passed me on the road, in the mail for Richmond, whither Martha had sent them not expecting me so soon, my absence being...
Your letter of the 31. May to Martha arrived yesterday with the pleasant news that your horses w’d. be wanted in the course of another week. Your directions shall be implicitly followed and the horses ready to depart next Saturday Morning. We rejoice here that such wild and ruinous measures as are now taking are to be no longer sanctioned by your presence. While it was possible to avert the...
We remained at Monticello after you left us till Christmas day on which we paid a visit to George Divers with as many as we could carry; Virginia, Nancy & Ellen-we passed the Christmas with Divers, P. Carr, & Mrs. Trist; assisted at a ball in Charlottesville on the first day of the year and returned on the 4th. to Monticello where we found our children (whom I had not neglected to visit) in...
I arrived in time to deliver your letters & with the truest joy inform you that your wish is completely gratified. The house of Delegates met at one: W: Giles nominated W’m. Wert: George K. Taylor A. Stewart for Clerk : something was said of character but political sentiments were directly urged by Giles, John Taylor & Nicolas as the true cause of the change desired and that argument was...
I have just learned here that several letters have been written from this County to the Chief members of the house of Delegates giving information that Wm. Woods the person lately returned Delegate in the place of Wilson Nicolas has never ceased to perform all the functions of a Minister of the Gospel in the Baptist church except that of marrying, the licence for which he resigned immediately...
A person who was born in this Co. & has resided all his life in it with a fair reputation: John Kerr the son of James the Magistrate and neighbour of George Divers, called on me on Wednesday the 15th. inst: to inquire about your Shadwell lands a part of which, not more than 100 acres of arable, he wishes to rent for five years, or longer if you please. I rode with him & shewed him all the...
The account of Marias misfortune in the loss of her child and her bad health reached us on the 1st. inst: at Edgehill: the ground was then covered with snow and two days after the great snow storm, (which buried every thing 15 inches with us), happened and delayed till the 15th. our visit to Eppington: Patsy & myself, Ann, Ellen & Cornelia began our journey on that day and after much fatigue &...
My affair with Picket is finally settled this moment but not as I precipitately stated on 27. ult. from a conversation, in the very time of writing, with Mr. Gibson the partner of Mr. Jefferson; he himself being out of the way & the mail hour near. Geo: Jefferson & co. have paid Picket 1868$ .79 Cents and desire all my money may be remitted them in Bank-notes as soon as possible. I must still...
We received your favor of March 31. yesterday and learn with great joy that your next will order your horses—that of the 4th. March I thought I had acknowledged but find it slipped me: those of the 7. & 9. have not yet reached me. I cannot express the feelings your kindness excite: I was really on the point of ruin from my own neglect: I knew all along that I should not have one moment when...
Your letter by Cristopher reached me on the 15’th.—those of 7. & 9. March I had before found in Charlottesville whither they had gone by negligence at the Milton office. James Ross did not come to Court: Kitt failed in his material witness who happened to be gone on a journey: the suit was continued: this gives an opportunity to awaken D. Ross’s prudence or rather to rescue his reason from...
I left home on Tuesday the 2d. at which time all was as we could wish with us; and was so the day before yesterday as I learn from John Henderson, today arrived here.—Passing thro’ Goochland I learnt a circumstance which I communicate to you as it may be in your power without trouble to procure redress for those incommoded by it. A man called Nathaniel Perkins (being then a storekeeper at the...
Your letters of the 30th. ult. 12th. & 19th. inst. arrived giving us the joyfull news of your continued health &c. each thirteen days after date: which surprizes us much being several days longer even than from Philad’a.—We are all perfectly well & have been so without interruption: not one cold has happened in the family this winter except a slight one to myself from rain: the habit of being...
We are all well except Martha: she has frequent slight indispositions which she attributes to incipient pregnancy and yet has not resolution to wean Cornelia alltho’ she is so robust as to have got her mouth set with teeth without our notice. Martha will yield to our persuasions and separate her shortly I am satisfied. I have nothing to say on your affairs unless that Lillie is likely to make...
I should not have waited for your letter my Dearest Father had it been in my power to have written sooner but incredible as it may appear, that in period of 2 months not one day could have been found to discharge so sacred and pleasing a duty, it is litterally true that the first fort night of your absence excepted and 3 or 4 days of the last week, I have not been one day capable of attending...
The approach of the 11th. Feb. makes the people here breath long with suspence their axiety is so great. I cannot yet have the least apprehension: I had sometime since made the reasoning that when one only was wanting & that one might be either of Many there could be no ground to fear: the least possible chance of immeasurable evil will however naturally produce more alarm than the certainty...
We received yours by W.C.N. on the 11. inst: & feel for you most tenderly upon the necessity now of your sacrificing all private ease & comfort. We reflect however that it is according to Nature for the strongest to bear the Burthen; and we know well that your mind does from nature exult in grand scenes, in ample fields for exertion, in extraordinary toils, as much as the finest animal of the...
Your letter of 14. inst: gave us the intelligence, which we ever expect yet allways hear with delight, of your health. Martha is in the most florid health; Virginia, the children, all of us indeed, well.—I have just learnt by a messenger I sent to Poplar forest this week that Clarke is well & has planted a good deal of Tob’o. I learn with sorrow that the French are about to get possession of...
Your letters to Martha & myself came to us, hers on the 4. mine on the 11. instant. She is much better than I ever knew her to be in her present case tho’ the swelling of the extremities she had in :99 occurrs this time allso. The children enjoy complete health generally but have all taken colds in the late N.E. storm, which appeared on them last night for the first time: they will not affect...
I write at the request of one of my neighbours, George Faris , to inform you he wishes to rent 120 acres at Lego on the terms of your leases to Petty & others. He is anxious to know immediately whether he can have that farm in your estate & is unwilling to wait your return as he will lose time in looking out elsewhere. He bears a good character in the neighbourhood, is industrious & well...
I am completely happy in being able to inform you that all our little family has passed safely through the worst stage of the Whooping cough: we have no apprehensions now about any of them: the cough has so much abated and all the serious symptoms so long disappeared that we boldly congratulate ourselves on our good fortune. The fourth week was the worst with all: with Cornelia and Ellen it...
Mr Lillie has called since last post to request I would explain to you a blunder of John Perrie who wrote the letter for him informing you of the purchases of supplies he had made to be met by remittance from you. The pork was bought of Reuben Burnley alone to am’t. of £:35.6.10 which sum Dr. Wardlaw has paid and written to you to request you would replace it in Philada. for him. Perries...
I communicate to you early a plan I have formed for the more profitable employment of my Slaves, lest coming to you by report you might suppose the removal was meant to extend to my family allso. I have conceived a design of procuring land in the Mississippi territory & removing all my Slaves thither to establish a large Cotton plantation which I shall conduct by well selected agents from...
Our family is as it was; happy & well: the children grow daily & improve in mind proportionally I hope: they do not appear to be naturally deficient and their Mother’s diligence constancy & wit surely never were surpassed. with true attachment RC ( ViU ); endorsed by TJ as received 17 Mch. and so recorded in SJL .
I expected with impatience and received with great pleasure the information & opinion your last favor contained respecting my scheme of removing my slaves to a cotton climate. The importance of it to the future wellfare of my family and to the comfortable existence of such a number of human creatures as I am loaded with the care of, keeps me in constant anxious thought on the subject. In my...
Your letter inclosing Captain Lewises memorandum came to me regularly: I return him thanks for the information and express my gratitude to you for the credit you offerr me with the Georgia merchants. Long sickness or a broken limb should allways be deemed possible and provided for before hand.—Martha received the medal today: the execution is fine but Ceracchi was much better worth copying...
It has occurred to me that perhaps a special licence for me to pass with my Slaves through South Carolina might be obtained from the Executive of that State upon my giving security that not one of them should remain in it. I have not heard that such an application has been made but I do not see any solid reason why leave should not be granted as the end of the laws restraining the passage is...
I thank you most sincerely for the trouble you have taken in writing to So. Carolina for the information I wanted. I did not doubt that it might be obtained at Washington: upon learning that my scheme of obtaining leave to pass through that state with Slaves was practicable I could have made the application and arrangment myself: I have at present great hope of escaping the circuitous rout as...
My struggle with Colo. Cabell has terminated in my favor for the present, after nine days continuance; but the majority is so small, only 13 in the whole District, that I may perhaps yet, if he should resolve to contest my election, lose my seat. My belief at this moment is that he has more bad votes than myself but it is founded on a scrutiny of the Amherst polls only, which I had examined by...
I suspect I omitted to acknowledge your letter preceding that of 5th. inst. I received it on my return from Amherst and did with it, & in regard to Martha as you directed. With respect to others no occasion of any kind has occurred since, for me to do any thing; & perhaps never may, that subject having ceased I believe to afford discourse to the malignant, as well as the idle and inquisitive....
Your favor of the 5th. instant arrived regularly, and I made the communications from it intended for Monticello, without delay. An accident happened in the nailery at Lillies on Friday last which presented a shocking prospect at first but promises now an issue very different from the dismal end at first expected. The boy Cary, irritated at some little trick from Brown , who hid part of his...
My intentions of communicating to you immediately the issue of the election was defeated by the uncertainty and perplexity in which it closed. I would not write, I thought first, untill the return was made, and then not before I could certainly inform you whether the District had decided for itself or whether it had sent forward two men for the House of Representatives to take choice of one. I...
Mr Rawlings who hands you this having a desire to render service to the U.S. upon the Mississippi in some civil capacity has applied to me among others to certify to the proper authority what we know of his fitness and pretentions to be so employed. So long an interval has happened in my acquaintance & intercourse with Mr Rawlings that it is not proper for me to pronounce as decisively with...
I have been today to see your Mill & Canal. The river being uncommonly full afforded an opportunity to judge what work is yet wanting for the complete introduction of its water to the Wheel at all times. What I saw and judged I cannot refrain from communicating as I mentioned rather inconsiderately the report of the neighbourhood in my last , as unfavorable as it was, and as likely to be...
I am requested by Mr. Peachy Gilmer to communicate to you the melancholy news of the death of H. B. Trist of the yellow fever on the 29th. Augt. at New Orleans. I do what he desires though I make no doubt you have before this time heard it from the government there. He learned it by a letter from Jno M. Gelston who observes that he writes because Willm. Brown is so closely & constantly...
I am sorry I cannot inform you of Marthas perfect recovery. She caught cold soon after she got through her severe illness and has been much kept back by it in the recovery of her appetite strength & flesh. She had a pain in the heart somedays but that has now left her except now & then for a few minutes together and then but slight. She is very thin & looks badly at present yet there is not...
Martha may now be said with certainty to have recovered perfectly. She has had no cough or complaint of any kind, nor ever a sentiment of debility or languor, for many days and has regained no inconsiderable degree of flesh. Her appetite and digestion are both right and her spirits as good as ever they were. Her strength has returned so well and she has got so much accustomed to the open air...
Lillie communicated to me, a few days after he had written to you, his intention of leaving Monto. this Autumn. I had never heard a word from him before on the subject although I had learned from others sometime before that he had thoughts of the kind. He says that he finds he is doing nothing for his family which consumes necessarily in the groceries and cloathing he is obliged to buy allmost...
I am requested by Mr. Richard S. Hackley of New York to endeavor to procure for him information from Washington whether the Consulship at Bourdeaux has been lately vacated or not by the relinquishment or displacement of Mr. Lee. Certain connexions between him and myself forbid my refusing this request however disagreeable it is to comply with it. Being fully convinced that he cannot have an...
Martha has had a severe attack of her Rheumatic complaint in the face since you left us & kept her bed without tasting food nearly one day with it. She is free from it this morning entirely and well in every respect. For this reason the family has not yet come [over] here. John is about & not likely to relapse. He has taken some bark, as much as appears to be necessary. He is so thin & weak...