Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 7 August 1818

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

Warm springs Aug. 7. 18.

My dearest daughter

I have heard that Dr Cooper has come on to Richmond, which however I doubt. if so he may possibly have come to Monticello. under this uncertainty where a letter may find him, I inclose one to you for him, with a request to forward it to him by mail wherever he is. I have left it open as it may enable you to judge what to do with it in every case.

I left Judge Stuart’s yesterday after breakfast, and breakfasted here this morning between 9. & 10. I have performed the journey entirely on horseback and without fatigue. an attack of rheumatism in the knee yesterday, without retarding my journey, affects my walking. I have tried once to-day the delicious bath & shall do it twice a day hereafter. the company here is about 45. the table very well kept by mr Fry, and every thing else well. venison is plenty, and vegetables not wanting. I found the houses on the road from Staunton more detestable than any thing I have ever met with. but little gay company here at this time, and I rather expect to pass a dull time. express all my affections to our dear family and most of all be assured of them yourself.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); endorsed by Randolph. Recorded in SJL with TJ’s summary: “lre for Cooper—my journey Etc.” Enclosure: TJ to Thomas Cooper, 7 Aug. 1818.

Index Entries

  • Cooper, Thomas; proposed visit of search
  • food; venison search
  • Fry, John; as keeper of Warm Springs hotel search
  • horses; TJ rides search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; rheumatism search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Warm Springs search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); letters to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); TJ sends news to search
  • rheumatism; TJ’s search
  • Staunton, Va.; TJ visits search
  • Stuart, Archibald; TJ visits search
  • venison; served at Warm Springs search
  • Warm Springs (Bath Co.); TJ visits search
  • women; letters to; M. J. Randolph search