To Mary Jefferson Eppes
Washington July 16. 1801.
My dear Maria
I recieved yesterday mr Eppes’s letter of the 12th. informing me you had got safely to Eppington, & would set out tomorrow at furthest for Monticello. this letter therefore will, I hope, find you there. I now write to mr Craven to furnish you all the supplies of the table which his farm affords. mr Lilly had before recieved orders to do the same. liquors have been forwarded & have arrived with some loss. I insist that you command & use every thing as if I were with you, & shall be very uneasy if you do not. a supply of groceries has been lying here some time waiting for a conveyance. it will probably be three weeks from this time before they can be at Monticello. in the mean time take what is wanting from any of the stores with which I deal, on my account. I have recommended to your sister to send at once for mrs Marks. Remus & my chair with Phill as usual can go for her. I shall join you between the 2d. & 7th. more probably not till the 7th. mr & mrs Madison leave this about a week hence. I am looking forward with great impatience to the moment when we can all be joined at Monticello, and hope we shall never again know so long a separation. I recommend to your sister to go over at once to Monticello, which I hope she will do. it will be safer for her, & more comfortable for both. present me affectionately to mr Eppes, and be assured of my constant & tenderest love
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mrs. Eppes.”
John Wayles Eppes’s letter of 12 July, recorded in SJL as received 15 July from Bermuda Hundred, has not been found.
According to his financial accounts, TJ remitted $50 to Gabriel Lilly on 8 July (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1046).
In payment for bringing his sister Anna Marks to Monticello by means of his carriage horse Remus, TJ paid his slave Phill one dollar on 10 Aug. (Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, Princeton, 1953 description ends , 98; MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1049).