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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 have reached this place with so little fatigue to my horses or myself that I shall go on immediately to Strodes in order to fullfill my promise to Martha in my last letter to be at home tomorrow tonight. I beg you to excuse my not going by the Red-house and writing thence an account of the road you wish to try in coming on this time. Something which I did not foresee and could not control...
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...
Upon my return from Richmond on Monday night Last I found your favor of the 3d. which relieved my mind from much of the uncertainty produced in it by the Gazettes. The practice of publishing every idle rumor which arises from accident or mischievous or foolish design and of using such to support fanciful opinions or give momentary respect to equally idle speculations has brought utter...
The Christian name of Leake is Walter. I hardly ever knew a man whose judgement and integrity I would be more willing to pledge myself for. He will not be a Candidate for Congress I know and I believe not for the Legislature again. His circumstances render this appointment not only an act of justice to his merits but of humanity. With truly affectionate attachment yr. &c. DNA : RG...
I was induced to leave the loose papers in the Cartoon by these words in your letter of the 4th “it is possible I may have taken these papers out of the cartoon tied them up with twine for packing” and by finding the three bundles sent by last mail actually tied with twine and separated as if for “packing with the others” which you carried. I have now inclosed every thing in the Cartoon...
P. Carr who is here at present has just suggested to me that my land at Varina would suit Mr. Patterson, the son in law of Colo. Nicholas, who is as he says looking out to make a purchase somewhere near Richmond. Having come to a resolution to part with it, allthough I know it to be the most valuable spot for a farm in the state, I have determined to ask the favor of you to enquire of Colo. N....