To Thomas Mann Randolph
Mar. 26. 1801. Washington
Th:J. to Tmr.
I am still here, & not yet absolutely certain of the moment I can get off. I fear I shall this evening recieve a 4th. refusal of the Secretaryship of the Navy. should it take place, I have fixed on a temporary arrangement, & in any event expect to get away in the course of 3. or 4. days, so as to be with you by the time you recieve this or very soon after. it is the getting the Naval department under way which alone detains me. my tenderest affections to my ever dear Martha and to the little ones. friendly attachment to yourself.
RC (DLC); endorsed by Randolph. PrC (MHi); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.