Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Elizabeth Trist, 21 February 1821

To Elizabeth Trist

Monticello Feb. 21. 21.

I am very thankful, my dear Madam for Miss Polly Marks’s kind attention to my wishes for the Mounta[in] raspberry, and I pray you to give her that assurance. I now send for them, and I hope mr Divers will endeavor also to raise them. mrs Randolph is to try the flowering bean[.] we were so unlucky as to fail the last year in saving the seed of the green curled Savoy. if mr Divers has any to spare I shall be much obliged to him for a little. Ellen promises to write to you towards the discharge of the epistolary balance, and as soon as the roads and weather admit me to visit the University, I shall go on & ask family fare with mr Divers. a letter from Washington of last Thursday informs me that the situation of our dear friend mr Burwell was totally hopeless. heaven never took to it’s bosom a better man. ever and affectionately your’s

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Thomas Cooper to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mrs Trist”; endorsed by TJ.

ellen: TJ’s granddaughter Ellen Wayles Randolph (Coolidge).

Index Entries

  • beans; flowering search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; death of search
  • cabbage; seed search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); and E. Trist search
  • Divers, George; exchanges plants and cuttings with TJ search
  • Divers, George; TJ visits search
  • food; raspberries search
  • Marks, Mary (Polly) C. search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); and gardening search
  • raspberries; mountain search
  • seeds; cabbage search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; and E. W. R. Coolidge search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; and plants for TJ search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; friends and family of search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; letters to search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; TJ visits Grounds search
  • women; letters to; E. Trist search