Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 22 August 1790

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

New York Aug. 22. 1790.

My Dear Daughter

The last letter I recieved from you was of the 2d July. In mine of the 14th. inst. to Mr. Randolph I informed him I should set out the next day to Rhode island with the President. I did so, and returned yesterday, after a very pleasant sail of two days going and two days returning thro the Sound. We visited Newport and Providence, where the President was received with great cordiality. He expects to leave this place the 30th. My letter of about that date will inform Mr. Randolph of the day I shall set out from hence, which will probably be about the 1st. of Sep. and allowing for my necessary detention at Philadelphia, I shall in that case be at Monticello between the 14th. and 20th. of September, where I shall hope the pleasure of passing a month with you. I am afraid you will suffer inconvenience from the detention of your harness; but without it I could not have used my carriage till I recieve my own harness from France which I hardly expect now till September.-I think you understood Lady Caroline Tufton was about to be married. But in a London paper put into my hands by Mr. Rutledge I saw her attendance at court mentioned and under the name you knew her by.-We have no news yet whether the war between England and Spain has commenced. Kiss dear Poll for me, and remember me to Mr. Randolph. Adieu my dear. Your’s affectionately,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi).

On the same day TJ wrote a letter to Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.: “In my letter of today as well as in that of last week I forgot to ask the favor of you to look out for a fine red bay horse to match the best of mine, young, broke to the carriage, of good properties (for it is in this point I dislike one of mine) rather larger than smaller, and to know his price. I am not decided to buy one, tho I believe I shall, and therefore would only wish to know where I may get one while I am in Virginia, without engaging absolutely, till I come. One of mine turns out fine in form and properties, the other indifferent in both.—I write this in hopes the post is not yet gone off, and supposing you will have time to make enquiry for me before your departure for Monticello” (RC in DLC: addressed: “Thomas Mann Randolph junr. esquire at Richmond”; postmarked: “New-York august 23”). TJ’s “letter of to-day” was that of this date to Martha. On the search for a bay horse, see TJ to Fitzhugh, 24 Aug. 1790.

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