Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Martha B. Eppes, 7 January 1810

To Martha B. Eppes

Monticello Jan. 7. 1810

Th: Jefferson presents his affectionate respects to mrs Eppes and incloses her a letter from his grandson Francis, who having written his first to his father, sends his second to his Mama, & is preparing his third for his Grandmama. he is become very assiduous, passing much of the day in writing, & his evenings mostly in reading. he has enamoured the family here with his good & his governable dispositions. his affections are often & warmly expressed for his Mama, to whom Th: Jefferson begs leave to present the homage of his esteem & attachment.

PoC (CSmH: JF); dateline below body of letter; at foot of text: “Mrs Martha B. Eppes. Halifax”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

Martha Burke Jones Eppes (ca. 1790–1863) was the daughter of Willie Jones, a prominent planter in Halifax County, North Carolina, who led the successful opposition in that state to ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788. She married John Wayles Eppes on 15 Apr. 1809 and took up residence at Mill Brook in Buckingham County (Dorman, Eppes Descendants, 2:404–7; Richmond Enquirer, 25 Apr. 1809; Richmond Southern Churchman, 18 Dec. 1863).

Index Entries

  • Eppes, Elizabeth Wayles (TJ’s sister-in-law; John Wayles Eppes’s mother); and F. Eppes search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); relationship with father search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); TJ’s relationship with search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); and F. Eppes search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); identified search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • women; letters to; M. B. Eppes search