Thomas Jefferson Papers

Elizabeth Trist to Thomas Jefferson, 19 April 1821

From Elizabeth Trist

Farmington April the 19th 21

My Dear Sir

In a letter I recd last evening from Nicholas he sent the enclosed extract from some french work on Chimistry which reminded him of a want he thought he heard you express, of some good lining for your Cisterns, and also a work which he supposes you and Mr Randolph will take pleasure in reading, It was with my letters commited to the care of Mr A, P, Maury a relation of Mr Thos Maury who intended to visit Albemarle but I presume changed his intention by the Book and letters being sent by mail the Book was directed to the care of Mr Leitch I presume, as he took it from the Post Office I hope you dont mean to risk your health by seting out on your journey to Poplar Forest while the wind is so furious and the weather so cold, Mr Divers is unwell today with his old complaint, with love to the family I am

Your affectionate and Obliged Friend

E, Trist

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 20 Apr. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

The large French-language book that Nicholas P. Trist thought that TJ and Thomas Mann Randolph would take pleasure in reading has not been identified. Its delivery to Monticello was delayed for several weeks due to a dispute over its initial postal charge of $26, which was later waived (Elizabeth Trist to Nicholas P. Trist, 25 Apr. 1821 [DLC: NPT], 25 May 1821 [NcU: NPT]).

Index Entries

  • books; on chemistry search
  • chemistry; books on search
  • cisterns; design of search
  • Divers, George; health of search
  • French language; works written in search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Leitch, James; and packages for TJ search
  • Maury, Abram Poindexter; travels of search
  • Maury, Thomas Walker; family of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); cisterns at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); books sent to search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; and book for TJ search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; letters from search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; visits Farmington search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; and book for TJ search
  • weather; cold search
  • weather; wind search
  • women; letters from; E. Trist search