Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson, 19 March 1784

To Martha Jefferson

Annapolis Mar. 19. 1784.

Dear Patsy

It is now very long since I have had a letter from you. I hope you continue in good health, and attention to the several objects for which I placed you in Philadelphia. I take for granted you go on with your music and dancing, that when your French master can attend, you receive his instructions, and read by yourself when he cannot. Let me know what books you have read since I left you, and what tunes you can play. Have you been able to coax Cimetiere to continue? Letters by yesterday’s post inform me your sisters are well. I inclose you a letter I received from Dear Polly. I send herewith Mr. Zane’s present of the looking glass which I dare say he intended for you. Wait upon Mrs. House and let her know, if she should not have heard from Mrs. Trist lately, that we have received a letter from her by a gentleman immediately from Fort Pitt. She is very well and expects to leave that place about the first of April. Present me in the most friendly terms to your patroness Mrs. Hopkinson & be assured of the love with which I am Dr. Patsy Yours affectionately,

Th: Jefferson

Mr. Maury will deliver you this, who is lately from Virginia and is my particular friend.

RC (NNP). The enclosed letter from Polly (Mary) Jefferson has not been found. Summary in SJL, under date of 20 Mch. 1784, reads: “Patsy. With Zane’s looking glass.”

The Letters by yesterday’s post must have included that from Short, printed above under 10 Mch. 1784. Zane’s present of the looking glass was probably accompanied by a letter from Zane in the post of 18 Mch., for TJ had not heard from him since Dec. when he wrote on 17 Mch. 1784; if there was such a letter, it has not been found. The letter from MRS. TRIST which TJ said “we have received” was clearly one to him and to which he replied on the 17th.

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