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From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 9 April 1797

To Thomas Mann Randolph

Monticello Apr. 9. 97.

Th:J. to TMR.

Yours of Mar. 31. did not come to hand till the 5th. inst. It is a pity it had not been recieved before the election, as it gave much uneasiness and embarrasment to your friends to be unable to give any account of you. It made a serious impression even on the zealous; and I have this day written a circular letter, with the apologies your letter furnished, addressed to every militia captain for his company, which I hope will set the thing to rights. I am more anxious you should possess the affections of the people than that you should make any use of them. Their esteem will contribute much to your happiness: whether the offices they might confer would do so is another question.—I will take care for the clover box, as also for the mule-harnes. Will you be so good as to obtain information for me of the highest price which has been given for wheat since the 1st. day of March. I observe the price current for flour at Philadelphia was 91/2 Doll. March 27. which was 2 days after the President’s proclamation was published for calling Congress, which shews that that circumstance did not lessen the price. I leave the inclosed open for your perusal, to save a repetition of the same things to you, for I have now been writing the whole day. Adieu affectionately.

RC (DLC); endorsed. PrC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: probably TJ to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 9 Apr. 1797.

Randolph’s letter of Mar. 31, recorded in SJL as received from Varina 5 Apr. 1797, has not been found. According to SJL, letters from Randolph to TJ of 5, 8, 11, 12 and 19 Apr. 1797, none of which has been found, were all received from Richmond on 21 Apr. 1797, except for that of 8 Apr., which was received from Richmond a week earlier.

Wilson Cary Nicholas and Francis Walker won the election held in Charlottesville on 3 Apr. for two delegates to represent Albemarle County in the House of the Virginia General Assembly. SJL indicates that TJ wrote a circular letter to the captains of the militia on 9 Apr. 1797, but it has not been found (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, Charlottesville, 1901 description ends , 372–5; Gaines, Randolph description begins William H. Gaines, Jr., Thomas Mann Randolph: Jefferson’s Son-in-Law, Baton Rouge, 1966 description ends , 40–1).

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