Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Jenings, 21 July 1801

To Edmund Jenings

Washington July 21 1801


Your favor of Feb. 21 and mr Gourlay’s of [the twenty-second came to hand] on the 6th. of May. I learnt from them with sincere regret the death of the late mrs Randolph. my intimacy in her family in early life, […] [rendered] […] interests & happiness of the family a matter of great concern to me. […] affectionate recollections maintain the same dispositions in my mind. it was with regret therefore that [I find] myself obliged […] with the guardianship of the grandchildren […] your[self] […] and also by themselves. but my present situation […] my whole time, & even the whole does not suffice for their affairs […] such circumstances it would have been an injury to the children [to] have undertaken a guardianship, the duties of which must have been […] performed. I sent the bill of £100 [sterl.] to my [correspondent in Richmond] with instructions to collect & pay it to the order of [mr Randolph, the uncle], which I presume was immediately done, or I should have […] it. In reply to the letter of young mr Grymes […] authentic copy of his grandmother’s will which I would [deliver] to his [agent?] as soon as one should be appointed. I have also [declined drawing on mr] Gourlay for the £200 as authorized because I thought it proper [a?] [guar]dian should recieve & dispose of the proceeds of the bill. I have [not yet] heard of an appointment of one. the bequest of the money to […] children, and failing them by […] the children […] by the same construction [have as] […] what […] be; I am too rusty in law […], & especially to yourself […] whom the subject is so familiar. I am sorry mrs Randolph did not […] the moiety of annuity due from her son to her. I am afraid my letters have [not] been sufficiently understood by her. he will be in the power of the legatees who […] when they […], may be less indulgent than themselves would be […] mr Gourlay will be kind enough to permit [his] […] say but the same thing to him[self] & to accept, with your self, assurances of my high consideration and respect

Th: Jefferson

PrC (ViU: Carr-Cary Papers); faint; frayed at margin; at foot of text: “Edmund Jennings esq.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Edmund Jenings’s favor of Feb. 21 to TJ, written from London and recorded in SJL as received 6 May, has not been found.

For the guardianship of the grandchildren of Ariana Jenings Randolph, see Charles Wyndham Grymes to TJ, 2 May 1801.

For the annuity due from her son, Edmund Randolph, see Vol. 31:584n.

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