To Martha Jefferson Randolph
Philadelphia Dec. 27. 98.
My dear Martha
I reached Fredericksburg the day after I left you, and this place on Christmas-day, having (thanks to my pelisse) felt no more sensation of cold on the road than if I had been in a warm bed. nevertheless I got a small cold which brought on an inflammation in the eyes, head ach &c so that I kept within doors yesterday & only took my seat in Senate to-day. I have as yet had little opportunity of hearing news; I only observe in general that the republican gentlemen whom I have seen consider the state of the public mind to be fast advancing in their favor. whether their opponents will push for war or not is not yet developed. no business is as yet brought into the Senate, & very little into the other house: so that I was here in good time. I shall be at a loss how to direct to you hereafter, uncertain as I am whether you will leave home & where you will be. on this subject you must inform me. present me affectionately to mr Randolph, and kiss all the little ones for me, not forgetting Elleanoroon. be assured yourself of my constant and tender love. Adieu my ever dear Martha.
RC (NNPM). PrC (ViU); with dateline overwritten in ink by TJ; note by TJ in ink in top-left margin: “written with common ink,” indicating that he had used two different inks in the letter, the last four sentences and closing being much clearer in the PrC; in ink at foot of text: “Mrs. Martha Randolph”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.