Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 31 March 1800

To Thomas Mann Randolph

Philadelphia Mar. 31. 1800.

Dear Sir

Your’s of the 22d. came to hand by last post. the dates of my late letters to you have been of the 4th. 7th. 9th. 11th. the last only of these is acknoleged in yours, on which day I sent on 1000. D. to mr Jefferson. on the 13th. I inclosed him 400. D. and on the 19th. 470. D. making up the whole sum of 1870. D. of the two first sums I have recieved his acknolegement, & expect the last. the amount of your tobacco instalments as they come in will replace this, & any difference of amount may enter into account between us. what is mentioned to me in your letter & Richardson’s of the state of Ursula is remarkeable. the symptoms & progress of her disease are well worthy attention. that a whole family should go off in the same & so singular a way is a problem of difficulty. I have not heard from Maria since your letter of the 12th. I hope from this silence that her friends are at ease for her situation. from your silence about Martha & the little ones I presume she is with her sister. the H. of R. have proposed the 1st. Monday of May for adjournment, & I rather expect the Senate will agree to it. I am sure the business may be got through if they desire it. we know nothing certain of our envoys. the Executive is dispatching a frigate to them. but for what purpose is not said. you will have seen the correspondence between Buonaparte & Grenville. there is reason to believe this was known to some here before it was to the public, & further that Grenville had notified mr King that Gr. Br. was determined to consider all neutrals as enemies. if so, & we are to be in the war, I hope we shall not permit it to cost us one dollar. give license to our privateers, & mind our business at home as usual, keeping strict account of the depredations made on us, & never opening commerce with Gr. Br. again till she pays up the whole. we have no other news from Europe. the December & January packets are not yet arrived. they are expected to bring the great mass of the protested bills occasioned by the failures at Hamburg. I expect my

next will convey directions for my horses to meet me at Eppington. accept assurances of my sincere affection.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “T M Randolph”; endorsed by Randolph as received 8 Apr. PrC (MHi); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Last post: Randolph’s letter of 22 Mch., recorded in SJL as received a week later, has not been found. Randolph’s preceding letter of 12 Mch., recorded in SJL as received on 19 Mch., is also missing. For acknowledgment by George Jefferson of the sums sent by TJ, see his letter of 27 Mch. 1800. For the record of Richard Richardson’s missing letter, see the following document.

Correspondence between Buonaparte & Grenville: in his extension of a peace overture on 25 Dec. 1799, Bonaparte corresponded directly with King George III (see Joseph Barnes to TJ, 4 Mch. 1800). Bonaparte’s correspondence was enclosed in a letter from Talleyrand to Foreign Secretary Grenville, who directed the response through Talleyrand on 4 Jan. 1800. The correspondence was published in the Philadelphia Gazette on 21 Mch. and repeated the next day with commentary; on the 31st the newspaper published further correspondence between Talleyrand and Grenville. The Aurora printed the letters without comment on 22 Mch.

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