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Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 6 May 1813

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

We arrived here, my dear Martha, well & without accident, favored on the road by the weather. the caravan also came well, except overpassing their stage the 2d day, sleeping in the woods all night, without cover, and overwhelmed by a rain, in the center of which they were, while it did not extend 5 miles in any direction from them. the spinning Jenny is at work, well while with washed cotton, but very ill when with unwashed. at least this is Maria’s way of accounting for the occasional difference of it’s work. the flying shuttle began a little yesterday, but owing to a variety of fixings which the loom required it exhibited very poorly. we hope to see it do better to-day. I am afraid I shall be detained here in getting Perry off before I go away. if I leave him here I shall have no confidence in his following me. still I shall not fail to be at home within a week or ten days from this date. present me affectionately to mr Randolph and our beloved children, if Ellen will permit herself to be included under that appellation, and be assured yourself of all my love and tenderness.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); at foot of text: “Mrs Randolph.” PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with M. J. Randolph search
  • looms search
  • machines; flying shuttle search
  • machines; loom search
  • machines; spinning jenny search
  • Maria (TJ’s slave; b.1798); spinner search
  • Perry, Reuben; TJ’s carpenter search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); spinning at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); letters to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings to search
  • spinning machines; at Poplar Forest search
  • weather; rain search