Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson, 17 April 1784

To Martha Jefferson

Annapolis Apr. 17. 1784.

My dear Patsy

I have not received a letter from you since early in February. This is far short of my injunctions to write once a week by post. I wish this for my own gratification as well as for your improvement. I received yesterday letters from Eppington by which I learn that the families there and at Hors du monde are well, and that your cousin Cary has a son. Lucy has been unwell during the winter but is got better. I am in hopes the approaching mild season will reestablish my health perfectly, in which case I shall probably take a trip to Philadelphia. I wish much to know what books you have read since I left you, and what tunes you can play. Present my compliments affectionately to Mrs. Hopkinson. I inclose you a letter which I suppose to be from your aunt Eppes. I am my dear Patsy Your’s affectionately,

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNP). Enclosure (missing). Entry in SJL reads: “[Apr.] 17. Patsy. Inclosed letter from Mrs. E.” This was Elizabeth Wayles Eppes’ letter of 1 Apr. which TJ received on 16 Apr.

Martha’s letter that TJ received early in February has not been found and is not recorded in SJL.

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