Thomas Jefferson Papers

Elizabeth Trist to Thomas Jefferson, 20 December 1816

From Elizabeth Trist

Bird wood 20th Dec––16

My ever esteem’d friend I return you many thanks for your favor from Bedford, be assured it gives me great pleasure that your opinion coinsides with all I have consulted on the subject and be assured that it is very interesting to me, as it will give me an opportunity of seeing them every summer, the very Idea has renovated my health and sperits. Francis Gilmer mention’d to his Brother, that you were zealous for political Reformation, for conventions &c &c and indeed retain’d without diminution all the enthusiasm of your Youth—God grant that every blessing may be extended to you many many years, I have enclosed a letter for Mrs Randolph which contains all the good wishes to the Family that we feel, and believe me ever and sincerely

Your much obliged friend

E— Trist

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Jan. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

them: Nicholas P. Trist and Hore Browse Trist. The brother of Francis W. Gilmer mentioned above was probably Peachy R. Gilmer.

Index Entries

  • education, collegiate; TJ on search
  • education; of H. B. and N. P. Trist search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; and TJ’s proposed political reforms search
  • Gilmer, Peachy Ridgeway; mentioned search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; education search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); correspondence of search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; and grandchildren’s education search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; and M. J. Randolph search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; friends and family of search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; health of search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; letters from search
  • Trist, Hore Browse (1802–56); education of search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; education of search
  • women; letters from; E. Trist search