Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, [6 September 1814]

To Thomas Jefferson Randolph

[Sep. 6. 14]

My Dear Jefferson

I thank you for your letter of Aug. 31. it was our first authentic information of what was passing at Richmond, and we are so flooded with lies that all is as blank paper to me which does not come thro’ a known channel. you see therefore, how acceptable your Letters will be to me. I can give you nothing in exchange but the state of health of the family, which at present is all in perfect health. Anne left us yesterday, believing her affairs did not go on so well in her absence. we shall try to get her back again. we have not heard a tittle of mr Bankhead since he went away. our county is a desert. we meet no body now in the roads but grey heads of 60. or 70. who shew their age by their creeping along. mr Ogilvie left us this morning. he and mr [. . .] set out for the upper country indefinitely. it is uncertain whether we shall see him again. he proposes to embark from New York. I can tell you nothing of your affairs but that your fall sowing is going on, as may be seen from hence. ever feelingly & affectionately

yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (facsimile in an unidentified dealer’s catalogue, a blurred photocopy of which was supplied by Martin Doblmeier, Alexandria, 1997); undated, with supplied date parenthetically added to text in an unidentified hand; one word illegible; at foot of text: “Th: J. Randolph”; endorsed in an unidentified hand. Recorded in SJL as a letter of 6 Sept. 1814.

In SJL TJ recorded the receipt of two missing letters from Charles L. bankhead, one of 28 Apr. 1814 received two days later from “Wilderness” and the other of 29 June inconsistently described as received 28 June 1814 from Carlton.

Index Entries

  • Bankhead, Ann (Anne) Cary Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter; Charles Lewis Bankhead’s wife); visits Monticello search
  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); letters from accounted for search
  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); military service of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Ogilvie, James; visits Monticello search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); farms of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); letters to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); military service of search