Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Randolph, 14 January 1798

To Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia Jan. 14. 1798

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 7th. inst. came to hand yesterday. those of Nov. 15. 21. & 28. had been recieved in due time. that of the 21st. covered the assumpsit of Messrs. Pendleton and Lyons to pay the amount of the decree of Royle’s admrs v. Robinson’s admrs, to the use of mr Short. I should sooner have acknoleged these but that in that of the 21st. you mentioned that you had arranged the balance also equally well for mr Short and that I should hear from you the beginning of the ensuing year. the last phrase occasioned my delaying post after post to send you an acknolegement expecting to make one answer for the whole. I now write to mr Pendleton to recieve his pleasure as to the time & manner of making his remittance, which I shall immediately invest according to mr Short’s directions.

We have today very sinister news by the way of Norfolk through the publick papers, as to the reception of our envoys to Paris. it looks so like truth that it cannot fail to make impression. Congress are waiting in anxiety for information of what may be expected from that quarter. We1 have really nothing to do, and unless our envoys cut out something for us, I see nothing which can keep us here through February. be so good as to present my respects to mrs Randolph, & to yourself health & happiness. Adieu affectionately,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC: Short Papers); at foot of text: “E. Randolph”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Randolph’s favor of the 7th. inst., recorded in SJL as received 13 Jan. 1798, has not been found. Randolph’s letter to TJ of 28 Nov., which according to SJL was received 13 Dec. 1797, is also missing.

1Preceding word interlined in place of “they.”

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