Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 27 January 1803

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Washington Jan. 27. 1803.

My dear Martha

The last post-days have slipt away from me without adverting to them till too late. I learnt by a letter from Maria that you all got home safe, after a very disagreeable journey. indeed I suffered for you in imagination beyond any thing I had long felt. I found the road, in the short distance I went with you, so much worse than I expected, that I augured a dreadful journey, and sincerely lamented you did not await a better time. I felt my solitude too after your departure very severely.—your acquaintances here are well, except mrs Brent & mrs Burrowes. I find mr Lilly was to begin filling his icehouse the 21st. we have had no thaw here since that till yesterday, & the river is still entirely blocked up; so that if the weather has corresponded there, I am in hopes he will have got his house full. I must pray you to press on the making my shirts, so that I may have them on my arrival, which will probably be the 9th. of March. Edy has a son, & is doing well.—I inclose poetry for Anne’s book. I must pray her to become my correspondent. it will be useful to her, and very satisfactory to me. Jefferson promised to write to me from Orange court house but was not as good as his word. I presume you were amused with the reciepts for making panne-quaiques and other good things. present my affectionate respects to mr Randolph, kisses to the young ones, and be assured of my tenderest love to yourself.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); at foot of text: “Mrs. Randolph.” PrC (CSmH); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not identified.

letter from maria: Mary Jefferson Eppes to TJ, 11 Jan.

mrs brent: probably Anne Fenton Brent, wife of Daniel Carroll Brent (National Intelligencer, 27 Apr. 1803; Vol. 33:345n). Mary Bond Burrows was married to William Ward Burrows, commandant of the Marine Corps (Washington Federalist, 7 Feb. 1803; ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends , s.v., “Burrows, William Ward”). Both women died from their illnesses.

A letter of 9 Jan. by Gabriel lilly was recorded in SJL as received 13 Jan. but has not been found. A letter by James Dinsmore of 13 Jan., recorded as received 21 Jan., has also not been found.

Edith (edy) Hern trained in the White House kitchen and eventually became the head cook at Monticello. Although her first child likely did not live long, she and her husband Joseph Fossett had at least ten other children together (Stanton, Free Some Day description begins Lucia Stanton, Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello, Charlottesville, 2000 description ends , 60, Hern Family Tree).

For Lemaire’s recipes for panne-quaiques and other good things, see Marie Kimball, Thomas Jefferson’s Cook Book (Charlottesville, 1976), 61, 62, 64, 104.

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