Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Anne Cary Randolph, 21 January 1804

From Anne Cary Randolph

Edgehill Jan. 21 1804

I recieved my Dear Grand Papa’s letter but it was too late to answer it’ Jefferson will not let Ellen catch him for he is now translating the history of Cyrus by Xenophon I will very gladly untertake to raise a pair of Bamtams for Monticello if you will send them to me I am very sorry to inform you that the plank house is burnt down John Hemming’s was here last night and he told us that the floor of the hall and the Music gallery was burnt up and that it was as full of plank as it could of which not one inch was saved your ice house will be full by ten oclock today I suppose you have heard of Aunt Bolling’s death Aunt Virginia is engaged to Cousin Wilson Cary and Aunt Hariet to a Mr Hackley of New York adieu My Dear Grand Papa your affectionate Grand daughter


RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Jan. and so recorded in SJL.

plank house is burnt: John Wayles Eppes also received word from TJ’s daughter Mary, who noted “the misfortune that has happen’d at Monticello” with “the burning of the plank house just after it had been completely fill’d with the flooring plank & timber for the cornices” (Mary Jefferson Eppes to John Wayles Eppes, 21 Jan., in ViU: Eppes Family Papers).

Thomas Mann Randolph’s sister virginia married Wilson Jefferson Cary in August 1805 and moved to Carysbrook in Fluvanna County. Harriet Randolph, another sister, married Richard S. hackley, a New York merchant who became a U.S. consul (DVB description begins John T. Kneebone and others, eds., Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Richmond, 1998- , 3 vols. description ends , 3:115-16; Vol. 35:266n; Vol. 38:418-19).

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