To Thomas Jefferson Randolph
Washington, Feb. 21st. 1803.
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 3d, my dear Jefferson, and to congratulate you on your writing so good a hand. By the last post I sent you a French Grammar, and within three weeks I shall be able to ask you, “Parlez vous Français, monsieur?” I expect to leave this about the 9th, if unexpected business should not detain me, and then it will depend on the weather and the roads how long I shall be going—probably five days. The roads will be so deep that I can not flatter myself with catching Ellen in bed. Tell her that Mrs. Harrison Smith desires her compliments to her. Your mamma has probably heard of the death of Mrs. Burrows.1 Mrs. Brent is not far from it. Present my affections to your papa, mamma, and the young ones, and be assured of them yourself.
Printed in Sarah N. Randolph, The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson, Compiled from Family Letters and Reminiscences by His Great-Granddaughter, 3d ed. (Cambridge, Mass., 1939), 249.
A letter of the 3d from Thomas Jefferson Randolph, recorded in SJL as received 11 Feb., has not been found.
1. Domestic Life: “Barrows.”