Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Martha Jefferson Randolph, 25 April 1790

From Martha Jefferson Randolph

Richmond April 25 1790

I recieved yours My Dearest Father with more pleasure than is possible for me to express and am happy to hear that you are at last settled at New Yorck as I am in hopes we shall now hear from you often. We are just returned from a visit up the country to aunt Carr and Mrs. Flemming’s. It has not been possible as yet to carry dear Pol[ly] to Eppington for want of horses as Mr. Randolph was unwilling to borrow his father’s for so long a time but I expect certainly to be there in ten days at latest. I intend writing to Mrs. Trist and Holly by the next post and promise you not to leave Richmond without writing also to my friends in Europe. I hope you have not given over comming to Virginia this fall as I assure you My dear papa my happiness can never be compleat without your company. Mr. Randolph omits nothing that can in the least contribute to it. I have made it my study to please him in every thing and do consider all other objects as secondary to that except my love for you. I do not know where we are to spend the summer. Mr. Randolph has some thought of settling at Varina for a little while till he can buy a part of Edgehill. I am much averse to it my self but shall certainly comply if he thinks it necessary. My health is perfectly good as also dear Polly’s. I have recieved a letter from Mrs. Curson who informs me that the Duke of Dorset and Lady Caroline are both going to be married, the former to a Miss Cope. Adieu My Dear Pappa I am with the tenderest affection yours,

M. Randolph

RC (MHi); endorsed as received 5 May 1790 and so recorded in SJL.

Holly: Miss Holliday (see TJ to Mrs. Randolph, 4 Apr. 1790). The Duke of Dorest, British ambassador to the court of France, 1783–1789, was married on 4 Jan. 1790 to Arabella Diana Cope (DNB description begins Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., Dictionary of National Biography, 2d ed., N.Y., 1908–1909 description ends ).

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