Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 10 November 1816

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Poplar Forest Nov. 10. 16.

We are all well here, my dear Martha, and thinking of our return home which will be about the 30th or perhaps a day or two sooner.

it is necessary therefore that the boys, Johnny & Randall with the mules should set off from Monticello on the 19th or 20th to take the cart and baggage. I must pray you to desire mr Bacon to let them have a good mule and geer in addition to Tilman and his. tell Wormley also to send some Calycanthus plants well done up in moss and straw, and about a bushel of Orchard grass seed out of the large box in the Green house. would it be possible for you so to make up some of the hardy bulbous roots of flowers as to come safely on the mule? daffodils, jonquils, Narcissuses, flags & lillies of different kinds, refuse hyacinths Etc. with some of the small bulbs of the hanging onion. I think if wrapped & sewed1 up tight in two balls, one to come in each end of a wallet with nothing else in it to bruise them, they would come safe. present me affectionately to mr Randolph, kiss all the young ones for me & be assured of my most tender affection.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. Ellen writes to you more fully & I write to Jefferson.

the boys must come to Gibson’s the 1st night, Hunter’s the 2d & here the 3d

RC (NNPM); endorsed by Randolph. PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Christopher Clark to TJ; at foot of text: “Martha Randolph”; endorsed by TJ.

johnny & randall: John Hern and Randal Hern. An image of TJ’s green house at Monticello is reproduced elsewhere in this volume. An undated letter from ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to her mother is printed above at this date. TJ’s letter to Thomas jefferson Randolph of 10 Nov. 1816, not found, is recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “sowed.”

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • Buckingham County, Va.; Gibson’s ordinary search
  • Campbell County, Va.; taverns in search
  • Carolina allspice search
  • carts; mentioned search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); and letter writing search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Poplar Forest search
  • daffodils search
  • flags (plant) search
  • gardens; greenhouse at Monticello search
  • Gibson’s ordinary (Buckingham Co.) search
  • grass; orchard search
  • Hern, John (TJ’s slave; b.1800); sent to Poplar Forest search
  • Hern, Randal (TJ’s slave; b.1802); sent to Poplar Forest search
  • Hughes, Wormley (TJ’s slave; b.1781); sends plants and seeds to TJ search
  • Hunter, Robert; Campbell Co. innkeeper search
  • Hunter’s ordinary (Campbell Co.; proprietor Robert Hunter) search
  • hyacinths search
  • jonquils search
  • lily; TJ requests from M. J. Randolph search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); greenhouse at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); mules at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); plants grown at search
  • mules; as draft animals search
  • narcissus search
  • onions; hanging (Egyptian onion; tree onion) search
  • orchard grass; seeds search
  • plants; sent by TJ to Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ’s grandchildren visit search
  • Randolph, Cornelia Jefferson (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Poplar Forest search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); correspondence of search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); instructions to, from TJ search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); letters to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); letters to accounted for search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • seeds; orchard grass search
  • seeds; sent by TJ search
  • slaves; travels of search
  • Tilman (mule) search
  • women; letters to; M. J. Randolph search