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Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 22 November 1817

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Poplar Forest Nov. 22. 17.

I arrived here, my dear daughter after a disagreeable journey, one day shut up at Warren by steady rain, the next travelling thro a good deal of drizzle & rain, and the last excessive cold, the road being full of ice. but all well in the end. Johnny Hemings had made great progress in his work. his calculation is that he may possibly finish by this day fortnight, but possibly & almost probably not till this day three weeks. it is necessary therefore that Cretia’s Johnny should be here this day fortnight with the cart for which purpose he must leave Monticello Thursday morning the 3d of December. I shall be glad if you will send by him my old Rocquelo which will be found on the couch in the chamber. mr Burwell, & mrs Trist have staid a day with me and are now starting after an early breakfast. I have time therefore only to add my affections to all and my most especiall love to yourself, inclosing a letter for mr Bacon on the mission of Johnny

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); endorsed by Randolph. Enclosure: TJ to Edmund Bacon, 22 Nov. 1817.

Roquelaure (rocquelo): “a man’s knee-length cloak with a cape collar, fashionable during the 18th century” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; visits Poplar Forest search
  • carts; mentioned search
  • clothing; TJ’s roquelaure search
  • Cretia (TJ’s slave; b.1779); family of search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); as woodworker search
  • Hern, John (TJ’s slave; b.1800); sent to Poplar Forest search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); furnishings at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); TJ’s bedroom search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); main house at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); visitors to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); forwards TJ’s correspondence search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); instructions to, from TJ search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); letters to search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; visits Poplar Forest search
  • Warren, Va.; TJ visits search
  • weather; cold search
  • weather; ice search
  • weather; rain search
  • women; letters to; M. J. Randolph search