To Randolph Jefferson
Monticello July 12. 13.
Your’s is recieved by Squire, and the girl begins this morning the first necessary branch, which is roving, or spinning into candlewick to prepare it for the spinning Jenny.1 this will take her some days, more or less, according to her aptness, and then she will commence on the Jenny. as she appears rather young, it will probably take her a month or 6. weeks to learn well enough to be relied on for carrying it on herself where she can have no further instruction. however I will by any opportunity which occurs let you know her progress and when you may send for her. it will be near a month before I shall be able to set out for Bedford, and uncertain whether I can go by Snowden or not; but if I do not, I will certainly return by there, and the machine will go to you at the same time; about which time I imagine it will be best that your girle should meet it there, continuing to spin here till then, that she may be more perfect. with affectionate salutations to my sister and yourself accept my Adieux.
PoC (ViU: TJP-CC); at foot of text: “Randolph Jefferson esq.”; endorsed by TJ.
1. Word interlined.
- Fanny (R. Jefferson’s slave); trained to spin search
- Jefferson, Mitchie Ballow Pryor (TJ’s sister-in-law; Randolph Jefferson’s second wife); TJ sends greetings to search
- Jefferson, Randolph (TJ’s brother); letters to search
- Jefferson, Randolph (TJ’s brother); slaves of search
- Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with R. Jefferson search
- machines; spinning jenny search
- manufacturing, household; cloth search
- Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
- slaves; trained to spin search
- Snowden (R. Jefferson’s Buckingham Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
- spinning jennies search
- Squire (R. Jefferson’s slave) search