Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 21 May 1805

Miss Eleanor W. Randolph to Th: Jefferson                   D.
1805. May 21. To a letter which ought to be written once in every 3. weeks, while I am here, to wit from Jan. 1. 1805. to this day, 15. weeks 5.
Feb. 23. By one single letter of this day’s date 1
 Balance due from E. W. Randolph to Th:J.  Letters 4

So stands the account for this year, my dear Ellen, between you and me. unless it be soon paid off, I shall send the sheriff after you. I inclose you an abundant supply of poetry, among which you will find Goody Blake, which I think you wanted. I will thank you if you will put on your boots & spurs & ride to Monticello and inform me how my thorns live. this part of the country is beautifying with them so fast that every ride I take makes me anxious for those at Monticello. your Papa in his last letter informs me the mumps have got into the family. let me know who have it & how all do. kiss your dear Mama for me & shake hands with all the little ones. present me affectionately to your Papa & accept mes baise-mains yourself.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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