Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 24 August 1819

To Martha Jefferson Randolph

P. F. Aug. 24. 19.

My dear daughter

It is our purpose to set out from this place for Monticello on Monday the 13th or perhaps on Sunday the 12th of next month. As Henry, his mule and little cart will be necessary to carry our baggage, I would wish him to leave Monticello on Sunday morning the 5th making stages at Tooler’s on this side the river at Warren, at Noah Flood’s, Hunter’s and this place.

I am much recovered from my rheumatism; altho’ the swellings are not entirely abated, nor the pains quite ceased. it has been the most serious attack of that disease I ever had. while too weak to set up the whole day, and afraid to increase the weakness by lying down, I longed for a Siesta chair which would have admitted the medium position. I must therefore pray you to send by Henry the one made by Johnny Hemings. if it is the one mrs Trist would chuse, it will be so far on it’s way, if not, the waggon may bring hers when it comes at Christmas. Wormly1 should wrap it well with a straw rope, and then bowed up in a blanket. besides this, ticklenburg should be got from mr Lietch’s & a cover made for the cart. Wormly will see to it’s being safely placed in.

We have nothing new here but comfortable rains which it is thought will make us half a crop of corn, sufficient for bread & perhaps for fattening some hogs. present me affectionately to mr Randolph & the young ones and be assured yourself of all my love

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); endorsed by Randolph. PoC (ViU: TJP-ER); on verso of reused address cover of Christopher Anthony to TJ, 27 July 1819; endorsed by TJ.

siesta chair: Campeachy chair. ticklenburg is “a kind of coarse linen cloth,” named for its German town of origin (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

1Reworked first from “John” and then from “John or Wormly,” with the “or” mistakenly left uncanceled.

Index Entries

  • blankets; to protect furniture during transport search
  • bread; at Poplar Forest search
  • campeachy chairs search
  • carts; for transportation between Monticello and Poplar Forest search
  • Christmas; mentioned search
  • corn; effect of weather on search
  • Flood’s Ordinary (Buckingham Co.; proprietor Noah Flood) search
  • fodder; for hogs search
  • food; bread search
  • furniture; campeachy chairs search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); as woodworker search
  • Hern, Henry (TJ’s slave; b.1805); travels to and from Poplar Forest search
  • Hughes, Wormley (TJ’s slave; b.1781); and campeachy chair search
  • Hunter, Robert; Campbell Co. innkeeper search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; rheumatism search
  • Leitch, James; TJ orders goods from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); mules at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); slaves at search
  • mules; as draft animals search
  • pigs; fodder for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); hogs at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); weather at search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); children 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 Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • rheumatism; TJ’s search
  • rope search
  • slaves; travels of search
  • textiles; blanket search
  • textiles; Ticklenburg search
  • Ticklenburg (textile) search
  • Tooler (Toler), Mr. search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; and campeachy chairs search
  • wagons; transport goods between Monticello and Poplar Forest search
  • weather; effect on crops search
  • weather; rain search
  • women; letters to; M. J. Randolph search