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I have postponed writing until I could give you some information as to the horses—I have engaged Doctr. Walkers horse certainly—Mr. Bell has undertaken to send for the match & if I like him I shall have him also—So that you may count certainly on Bells horse and most probably a complete match—I examined Doctr. Shores pair also and drove them some miles. They are fine blood bays upwards of 16....
Previous to receiving your last letters , I had engaged Mr. Bells Horse and his match for you at 600 dollars—I had never seen the match and relied solely on Mr. Bells representation of him as a fine match—On going to Petersburg however after Davy came down I found the Horse called a match so far inferior to Mr. Bells that I refused him altogether—Not wishing to send a single Horse I bought...
Our little one continues in good health and I feel no apprehensions about Maria. The hardness in her breasts has gone off entirely and as the milk flows freely there can be no danger of return. We have considerable apprehensions about the whooping cough which rages in every part of this neighbourhood. At Charlottesville & Milton we know that they certainly have it, & I have just learnt that...
My being absent on a trip to the Hundred on the arrival of your letter has occasioned considerable delay in my answer. The arrangements proposed in it for my benefit, while I view them only as new instances on your part of affectionate concern for the welfare of Maria and myself give me great pleasure. When I consider however that you have great and continued calls for money while I have none,...
I postponed writing by the last post from a hope that a cough with which our little infant had been attacked a few days before might prove only a common cold—There is no longer room for indulging so pleasing an idea as it most certainly is the hooping-cough—The violent symptoms which in general attend the commencement of the disease such as fever & difficulty of breathing have disappeared for...
I forwarded to you a few days since a letter from Maria —My Father who is now in Town left her well yesterday. You will find enclosed the journal of the house of Delegates containing the amendments proposed to the Constitution of the U States—They are postponed by the Senate until the next session— Early in the present session of assembly a Resolution was submitted to the House of Delegates...
Your letter of the 3d. reached us last Evening—The one enclosing a letter to Mr. Anderson was not received until after my leaving Richmond. I have not as yet been able to fix on a Horse that will perfectly answer as a Match for Castor—There is one in Petersburg whose form figure and colour would do well but I fear he wants height. I will take an opportunity of comparing him with my horse which...
Your last letters the one to Maria by the way of Colesville & the other to me by City point have been received. I am sorry it is not in our power to join you at Monticello—The trip requiring four horses renders it impossible to draw them from their work at this season without a sacrifice of our crop. To keep four horses for that trip only for all others we can perform without extra horses...
I have just time while enclosing a Letter from Maria to acknowledge the reciept of your letter of the 13. of June. Maria has been very unwell & is now at Eppington for change of air. As she is equally interested in the contents of your letter I shall postpone my answer until we have an opportunity of perusing it together. In the mean time I can only return my thanks for the offer you are kind...
I left Maria yesterday. She is now in a fair way for regaining her health. She rides every day on horse back & has recovered her strength entirely. But for the dread of the measles I would carry her immediately to the Green-Springs as the cold bath would probably benefit a pain in her back from which she has frequently experienced inconvenience from the time of her miscarriage at Eppington—And...
Nothing of importance had occured since the meeting of the Legislature, until Saturday last—On that we elected Mr. Page Governor by a general vote no other person being nominated as his opponent. on the same we replaced three members of the Executive council , two of whom to wit Wood & White where removed by joint vote of the two houses & the third to wit Pendleton by resignation—Their...
In my last I mentioned to you a Resolution which had been offered by Mr Smith & the probability of a substitute being adopted—I now enclose you a copy of the substitute passed yesterday with 25 dissenting voices only & those the most bitter of their party. It was not supposed by many members of the Legislature that we ought to have acted on this subject at all—Mr. Smith however placed us in a...
We yesterday reelected Mr. Mason to the Senate with an almost unanimous vote—I should have written to you last Evening but I was anxious to give You the issue of an affair between George Hay & Callender. An abusive piece appeared against Mr. Hay in the Recorder about ten days since—Hay accidentally meeting with Callender gave him very freely a good cudgel—Callender was very severely beat & his...
I have attended to day the trial of a warrant against Callender & Pace under the act of assembly authorising the justices of the peace to demand “security for the good behaviour of those who are not of good fame”—Various English precedents as to the extent & meaning of the words “ not of good fame ” were cited and it has been decided by the Magistrates who set in the trial that the common...
Callender has been this day discharged from his recognizance by the County Court of Henerico—6 magistrates in favor of his discharge & 1 against it—The trial took up two days & the cause has been fully and ably argued—As I had not an opportunity of getting into the Court House from the concourse who attended I can give you no sketch of the arguments— Accept for your health &c My friendly...
Mr Lewis Harvey of this place is anxious to accompany Colo. Monroe as Secretary to the embassy to which he has been lately appointed—He has requested me to convey to you his wishes with which I the more readily comply, as I am aquainted with no man of his age whose claims are better on the ground of Talent of private worth and of principle— accept for your health & happiness my warm wishes....
From the want of time your last letter received a few days before I left Richmond was not acknowledged. Maria arrived here just one week before the Legislature finally adjourned . She was in good health herself but was very near loosing our little Francis on the road between Edge hill and this place. From cold or cholick or some other cause he became lifeless in an instant in the carriage and...
I arrived at Monticello the day after you set out for Washington. Had I supposed you would have delayed your journey I should certainly have returned earlier— Mr. Hancocke promised to forward your shrub & if you have not already heard from him you may calculate on hearing in a few days— I attended the Albemarle election the result of which you have heard—Cabbell is extremely irritated at the...
We received last Evening three letters from you—One to Maria & two to myself—I have been kept in albemarle first by a fever which continued five or 6 days and afterwards by the indisposition of Maria who without our being able to assign any reason for it has had her former bad luck & experienced a mishap—She is now I hope well & we shall set out on Tuesday for the Hundred—I have endeavoured...
Your letter of the 12th. of May arrived here while Maria and myself were on a visit to my Sister Walker the first we have been able to make since her marriage—We were detained there 13. days by rain— As it will not be long before we shall meet—Lego & the arrangement proposed by you shall be the subject of conversation—The idea of occasioning personal inconvenience to you would induce me to...
I found Maria on my arrival here free from fever and sitting up—She has no complaint at present but weakness—Her appetite is improving daily and I have no fear but that in a short time she will be restored to health—Her child is well also from the kindness of Patsy who has nursed it with her own—Maria during her illness has lost her milk entirely, and although she expects its return I fear we...
Maria continues in the same situation as when I wrote last —If she mends at all it is so little that it cannot be discerned by me— On Thursday her month expires —I shall endeavour to prevail on her to leave her room immediately, to lay aside her phials, & depend on gentle exercise and fresh air for her recovery— The child continues well—It has been I am told uncommonly healthy from its...
Maria continues nearly in the same situation as when I wrote last. She walked yesterday for the first time into an adjoining room—She is so extremely weak that her recovery will require I fear a considerable time—She has I hope at present nothing but weakness to contend against—The child continues quite well. I enclose a part of a letter received from Mr. Giles by this post—When I left...
Knowing how anxious you would be as to Maria I have written you a few lines by every post since my arrival here—I find however from your letter of the 15. received this morning that only one of my letters has reached you . I am sorry I cannot say that I think Maria much better—She has been threatened within the last two days with a rising of her breast —She took before this scarcely any...
Since my last Maria has had a return of her puking—She is again recovering—Her breast is still somewhat inflamed but not I hope in much danger of going further—Mrs. Lewis to whose care and attention we already owe so much is again with her—We have prevailed on her to ride out twice and she will ride again to day—On monday we intend to go over to Monticello as I think change of air and of scene...
By a letter from Mr Randolph we hear that you will probably leave Washington on Thursday—In case any accident should detain you it may be acceptable to hear that Maria is not worse—I am sorry I cannot say she is better— Accept for your health our best wishes Yours sincerely RC ( ViU : Edgehill-Randolph Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Mch. and so recorded in SJL .
Your friendly letter of the 4th instant I received yesterday—I should earlier have written to you had I followed only the impulse of my feelings. It was not however my wish to add to your other cares anxiety for my poor little Orphans. Francis was extremely ill two days after my arrrival here, and his situation was the more distressing because I had not the sympathy or aid of any friends, the...
Since my last in looking over my papers, I have met with your letter in answer to the proposition made by me on a former occasion of exchanging the Bedford Land for Land adjoining Pant-Ops. If I had perfectly recollected that letter I should certainly not have renewed the application as the same reasons continue probably to operate on your mind—It is unnecessary to assure you I hope that no...
I am happy to inform you that my little ones are in fine health again. Francis has recovered entirely from the complaint in his bowels and the little girl is the picture of health— I should have had the pleasure of meeting you at Monticello but Betsys youngest child has been and still continues so ill that it would be cruel to seperate her from it—She is every thing to Francis and he has...
Our trip has been delayed so far beyond my expectations that I am induced again to write fearing you may feel some uneasiness.—We have at length fixed on Friday next for setting out, but as my mother has determined to call on Mr. Baker who has been very much injured by a fall from his chair & is still confined, it will probably be Tuesday before we reach Monticello— My children continue in...