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[ Annapolis, 1–14 Feb. 1784 . Entry in SJL under date of 1 Feb. reads: “TMR. Phaeton—buy horse for me—keep eye on two others—give notice to Key to send for him [i.e., the purchased horse]—I will call on him [i.e., Randolph] in Spring—health—[…] Judy. P.S. of Feb. 14. health—news.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 2 Mch. 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “TMR. Sailing of ratification Feb. 17—pacification of Turks and Russ.—resignation of N. and F. [North and Fox]—execution deed of Western country—ill accomodations here—phaeton—P. to Judy.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 23 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “TMR. Garden seeds—Pitt still in and parliament not dissolved—Luzerne going—Marb[ois] charg[é] d’aff[aires].” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 10 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “T M Randolph. Tender of service—not buy horse—sell marquee.” Not found; the marquee evidently was one acquired in late May 1781 (see Vol. 6: 20–21).]
[ Paris, 7 Feb. 1786. Entry in SJL under this date, immediately under an entry for letter to Archibald Cary: “TMRandolph. do. by Lyons.” Not found.]
Being informed, that report has ascribed to me many opinions relating to the public trust, for which I am a Candidate in this District, and being unable to rectify the mistakes by personal explanations, I have thought it proper to give written communications of my real opinions, to several of my acquaintances in your, and the other Counties. It has been with reluctance in every instance, that...
It is not till now that I begin to relinquish the hope you had given me of visiting New York this summer. Besides the pleasure on which I had counted, of seeing you here, I had proposed to see whether we could not arrange together a matter which our children have at heart. I find it is the strong wish of both to settle in Albemarle. They both consider Varina as too unhealthy, a consideration...
I understand with much pain that you are dissatisfied with the articles of agreement which, on behalf of your son, I entered into with you for the purchase of Edgehill. I do not write the present with a view to insist on those articles being enforced. Far from it. If you wish to rescind them, it is sufficient ground for me to wish the same: and I know that in this your son has but one mind...
Permit me to introduce to you the bearer hereof Mr. Cassinove, a gentleman from Holland of distinction and worth, who is paying a short visit to Richmond and the lower parts of Virginia. You will find in him the polished manners of a traveller with the plainness of retirement. Desirous that he should see our country advantageously, and particularly the charms of our country—situations, I will...
I received your favor by Capt. Heath, and notice what is said therein on the subject of the Marquee. Capt. Singleton has been certainly misinformed as to the delivery of it at Monticello. You know it was in the summer of 1782. I was at home the whole of that summer. My situation at that time enables me to say with certainty that I was not from home one day from the time the Marquee was...
The price of wheat and whether it can be sold for the rise of the market? The price of molasses. Whether my things from Philadelphia addressed to Colo. Gamble are arrived? If they are, send them up by Henderson’s people of preference to the other things. Send by them the sugar &c for which I wrote to Colo. Gamble . After the things last expected from Philadelphia I would wish to receive the...
It is possible that in the course of the voyages you are about to undertake for your health, you may sometimes be disappointed in the remittances provided to be made to you or your expences may exceed them. If therefore in any such event you should find it necessary to apply to other resources for money, and the addition of my name to your own would facilitate your obtaining it, I pray you to...
We received the day before yesterday your favor of July 28. from Norfolk , and before that had recieved several from you written from different parts of your road. It has been impossible to write to you in return on account of the rapidity and incertainty of your movements. The present is sent to New York tho’ with little prospect of it’s finding you there, as it cannot be there till the 19th....
The children are in high health and spirits. They have learnt to say ‘Mama is gone.’ Jefferson adds ‘to Ichom’ (Richmond). We had a most copious rain on Saturday and Sunday, and learn with concern that you passed those days at Mrs. Payne’s. It is important to me to know what was the exchange between Richmond and Liverpool on the 19th. of last month, for ordinary bills. (You know that bills of...
Your chariot was ready to have set off the day after Zachary arrived here; but an unlucky use of the permission you had given me respecting your waggon, has prevented it’s departure. The post after you left us, I received information from Philadelphia that my nailrod had been lodged in Richmond before the last week in November, and could not be forwarded here for want of a conveyance. I...
My letters of the last post inform me of Mussi’s having sent on my clover seed; so that it is to him I must remit the 51 D.—67 c. balance of Stras’s money, after taking out Mr. Lyle’s and Taylor’s. I must trouble you therefore to try and get a bill on Philadelphia for that sum paiable to Joseph Mussi, merchant Philadelphia, at the corner of 7th. and Market streets, and to inclose it to him....
I wrote to Martha last week. We all continue well. Jefferson’s kunophobia appearing to increase so as to become troublesome, and almost a subject of uneasiness, we have determined to take a puppy into the house to cure him by forcing a familiarity to the form and safety of the animal. This is but the 2d. day of the experiment, so that we cannot yet judge of it’s operation.—We have had no...
Your favor of the 1st. inst. came to hand on the 6th. We the next day strewed some clover seed on moistened cotton. This is the 6th. day, and the plate has been set on the hearth every night. They have not sprouted; but I think they are swelled. By the next post we may probably decide whether they will sprout or not. The weather continues cold, snowy, and unfriendly to the labors of the field....
James arrived yesterday with your favor of the 14th. the book, and the Cole seed. Your clover seed put on the moistened cotton has not yet sprouted. Perhaps this is owing to the severity of the weather. This has indeed been very unusual, and I fear fatal to a great proportion of our wheat. The morning cold for these 10. days past has been from 11. to 33. The afternoon from 25. to 37°. No...
I recieved yesterday your favor of Feb. 20. and am truly concerned and alarmed at the crisis respecting Varina, and the more so as I apprehend the mode of procrastination proposed by you cannot be made use of. It was in a letter I wrote you from Germantown , if you recollect, after I had written to LeRoy, that I mentioned the possibility of a cross bill brought by myself &c. the object of...
We are all well here, except that the children have little colds, which however are going off. As you will be out of the post-road, I shall not write again, which I mention, that my silence may give no uneasiness. We have now fine weather for work. As your clover seed did not sprout, I have advised the leaving it unsowed till you come. I shall not sow mine till the last week in March. I had...
Mr. Stuart having thought it best to associate a careful person at Staunton with James, they arrived here this morning with their sorrowful charge . They found here my sisters Bolling Carr and Marks. It is great consolation to us that your stay at Staunton had been so long as to render it impossible that the journey could have had any effect on the accident which happened. Anne and Jefferson...
I wrote to you by Doctr. Currie . We have no letter from you since that from Staunton: but we have heard by travellers of your having soon left the warm springs. Those who were sick here have recovered. The children are well, as is the rest of the family except Maria. A slight dysentery which has pervaded the neighborhood has attacked her. She is now in the 5th. day of it. We cannot see any...
I recieved by the last post your favor from Doctr. Le Mayeur’s. Your horse also came safe, and the one you desired will be delivered to the post tomorrow morning: but in very bad plight, having been surfieted treading wheat. Zachary sends a saddle and mail [pelon], but says there is neither bridle nor straps.—We are all well. Maria comes down stairs to-day for the first time. The children in...
Mr. Watkins arrived here yesterday evening, and besides the 120. Dollars (which were perfectly in time for my purpose) he lodged with me £20–8–4 to be forwarded to you. I have accordingly been to Charlottesville this morning and deposited the money with Colo. Bell, to be forwarded to the sweet springs if any direct and trusty conveyance occurs; if not, to be sent to Gamble & Grattan in...
Biby’s boats are arrived and have not brought my 4d. nail machine nor hoop iron. Gamble & Temple write me it was in the hands of a Mr. Ball, and sent somewhere up, perhaps to Westham. Will you be so good as to have it sought for, or it may lie months in some out of the way place, or perhaps never be found. It had better come up in some waggon to Colo. Bell, if it can be handily got aboard one,...
I recieved last night your favor of the 22d. and thank you for the intelligence it contained respecting the proceedings of the H. of Delegates. It was very interesting, and had not before reached us. I am obliged to be very troublesome to you while in Richmond. B. Clarke was with me the other day, and to my great astonishment I find that 800. acres of my Poplar forest land is to this moment...
Colo. J. Nicholas not having been able to get two magistrates to attend, according to the former notice given Cobbs , to take the depositions of Messrs. Owen & Mosby, inspectors of Shockoe, I have given him (Cobbs) a second notice to attend for that purpose at Shockoe ware-house on Saturday the 30th. inst. at noon. I must trouble you to act for me, getting 2. magistrates to attend, their names...
I expected this would have gone by your waggon before this. But several accidents have delayed her departure. On bringing her here to have some repairs of smiths’ work they found she must have a new axle, and my carpenters being all at work at Shadwell, Nat took her back to Edgehill to make the axle. A fresh then prevented her coming over again till Friday evening. Saturday and this day will...
I wrote you by post . The weather having broke away we are trying to get the waggon off before the river becomes impassable. I put on board her a box for Mr. Wythe containing my whole and precious collection of the printed laws of Virginia, to be bound as noted to Mr. Wythe who has occasion to keep them some time for his use. I have taken the liberty of saying you would answer the charges of...
Your waggon with Suck and Critta set off from here on Wednesday the 13th. By the time they got to Pouncey’s hill they found the roads so deep that they could not get along. They returned to Edgehill and carried the greatest part of their load to Milton to be sent down by water. Since that such floods of rain have fallen, and the river so risen that all communication has been cut off for some...
We are all well here. Jefferson was never in finer health. Tho’ our winter has on the whole been a fine one, we have had some severe weather. This morning the thermometer was at 1°¾ above nought; I never before saw it below 6°. in this state. The wind has got Southwardly and promises a change. Corn is a very scarce article in our neighborhood. My crop of it fell vastly short of even moderate...
Your two favors of Jan. 24. and Feb. 3. are both recieved. We have had a very fine winter a few days only excepted about the middle of January. This day sennight was the coldest morning ever known in this country as far as my observations have gone. The mercury was at 1¾°. I never before saw it lower than 6°. in Virginia.—From what I hear of the state of the three notched road I am sorry I...
The last post brought us your favor of the 17th. My nail machine with the hoop iron is safe arrived by Faris as also my wine by Billy. The roads were so bad that he was obliged to put out the rest of his load at Elisha Lake’s about 20. miles above Richmond. I shall get Colo. Bell to engage some waggon to bring them up. Robertson has fallowed about 100 acres. He has done the rich nole, and is...
All are well here and at Edgehill. The most remarkeable fact in our neighborhood is the marriage of Capt. Allcock to Mrs. Walker, widow of Dr. Walker. I have no information of the last week’s work at Edgehill. Mine was never more backward. Petit is entirely ruined by Milton. He is 40. or 50. acres behind Page in his ploughing. He is not more than half done the wheat fallowing; tho’ we have had...
All are well here: Jefferson particularly so. Almost immediately after the receipt of your order to pay Mr. Divers 120. D. and before I could give him notice, he went to Richmond, and returned only 3 days ago. I saw him yesterday and told him how long I had had your order to pay him that sum, which had been in constant readiness for him, and was still so. He appeared perfectly satisfied. I...
Your’s of the 16th. inst. from Richmd. came to hand last night. I believe it would be better to do without herrings till the new season, even if we could get them, considering the price. I have recieved no advice of any port wine having been sent to me by any body, and I never ordered any. If that delivered Mr. Brown be really addressed to me, you are welcome to it, and in every case to do...
Your favor of the 20th. is received. It is not in my power to forward the land warrants for my certificates, as Clarke did not return them to me. I question if the surveyor returned them to him. I shall write to him by the next post, but you will be here before he can answer. He writes me that he put 300. ℔ tobacco of mine into a hhd. of yours. This may enter into our general account if you...
I did not write to you by the last post because I expected you would be on the road; but as I find this will reach you in time I will ask the favor of you to bring me the certificate from Byrd’s warehouse relative to the 2. hhds. of tobacco T W C. mentioned in your’s of the 6th. inst. It will be extremely material to be brought on Cobbs by surprize, because they consider Colo. Bell’s...
I have not written to you by the last posts expecting you would be on the road. Your last seems to suppose you may still recieve this at Richmond. The lad whom you mention to have eloped from Varina is at Edgehill. My groceries, and rope are arrived at Charlottesville. We had in the mean time fallen on an easy and quick method of taking down our columns, which was but the work of one day. I...
I received your favor from Staunton , and was happy to learn that your journey was agreeing with you. All here are well. Mr. and Mrs. D. Randolph left us the day before yesterday for the springs. Mr. Hurt yesterday, after putting our clocks into very good order. Robertson informs me he has got out about 500. bushels of wheat, and supposes himself half done. He goes on with his fallows at the...
We are all well, and nothing new in our neighborhood. I have not heard from Edgehill this week. My threshing machine will only get to work this afternoon. Mr. W. Hylton senr. who called here on his way to the springs, tells me he has information in a letter from Sr. George Strickland that 2. steers will get out 120. bushels of wheat a day with it. This is encoraging. You will be astonished to...
It is so cold that the freezing of the ink on the point of my pen renders it difficult to write. We have had the thermometer at 12°. My works are arrested in a state entirely unfinished, and I fear we shall not be able to resume them. Clarke has sold our wheat in Bedford for 8/6 and the rise to the 1st. of June, with some other modifications. It appears to be a good sale. He preferred it to...
Yours of the 4th. inst. is duly recieved, and I rejoice that you got down without any accident from the cold, of which I had great apprehensions. The following is extracted from my diary to satisfy the wish you express to know what has been the degree of cold here. sunrise 3. P.M. sunrise Dec. 19. 50°. 48. Jan. 1. 30. 43 20. 19.  2. 28. 33 21.
Yours of the 11th. came to hand yesterday. We are all well here. Anne’s cold still continues, tho it gives no fever nor other inconvenience. Maria is also well notwithstanding a tumble thro’ the floor into the cellar, from which she escaped miraculously without hurt. You ask for news, yet I think it impossible but you must get it from Richmond before you could from hence. The last Northern...
All well here and in expectation of seeing you on Sunday next. Dr. Taylor has enjoined my judgments against him for delay. The pretext is that I have refused to execute a deed to him for Elkhill . But I never was so mistaken if I did not by his direction reacknolege the former deed before the clerks of the General court in Richmond on the 4th. of June 1794. or within a very few days after...
Yours has been duly recieved , and the clover seed goes tomorrow in the schooner Industry, Capt. Green bound for Richmond. It is addressed to Chas. Johnston, and is in 3. casks containing 3 1/8 bushels each, of which 4. bushels are for yourself and the rest for me. It will be desireable to have it forwarded immediately, and of preference by waggon. I shall be at home the 19th. or 20th. and...
I arrived at home on the 20th. inst. and found the cherry and peach trees in general blossom. They had begun about a week before that. This day our first dishes of asparagus and spinach came to table. This may enable you to compare climates. The price of wheat at Philadelphia and Baltimore was 2.13 D. at Alexandria and Dumfries 1.67 at Fredericksburg 1.16. The merchants of Philadelphia and...
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...
Among the multiplicity of things I had to think of on my departure from home I omitted to speak with you on the subject of the cask of beer you were so kind as to put by for me at Hay’s. I will thank you to have it bottled and sent up. At this moment C. Johnston has no money of mine in his hands. Therefore I have given Mr. Hay (whom I met with here) money for the bottles, and immediately on my...