Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elizabeth House Trist, 19 May 1806

19th May 1806

My Hond Friend

Mr Secretary Graham has solicited of me a letter as an introduction to you, he has so great a desire to be personally known to you that he contemplates a visit to Monticello to obtain that honor: his Amability and Prudence has gaind him Universal esteem he is of no party here and appears to be divested of all manner of prejudice and I believe that you may depend upon him for correct information respecting this Country

I am sorry to hear that party feuds prevail in Congress and that Mr John Randolph is the only person capable viewing in a proper light the transactions of our Goverment his implications bear hard upon some respectable characters folly and knavery appear, to be the characteristic of every one but himself and I am sorry for his sake that he has discoverd so much temper—

My Neice informs me that you are building on one of your plantations about fifty miles from where they are to settle and that you mean to pass your summers there accompanied by Mrs Randolph and family a good plan to avoid being run down with company I feel some pleasure in the Idea that there is a probability that I may see you all one more I shou’d not mind a journey of fifty miles for so great a gratification tho I have my doubts of its being any to Mrs Randolph nevertheless she will allways be rememberd with affection by me the kindness of this family independent of my attachment to Mary and her children is a strong tye to keep me here but if I am to experience every summer what I have the two last any change wou’d be preferable I have felt no symtoms of a return of fever till now I have a very bad head ache attended with chilliness we have had for some days violent rains the winter and Spring has been charming and I trust that we shall not have a sickly season the streets are much improved and the river has been very low there will be no noxious exhalation from the mud of the shore which is much in our favor I sincerely hope that you may long be preserved with every enjoyment that can make life desirable and be assured of the Gratitude and respect of every Member of the family

I am &c your much obliged Friend

E. Trist

NcU: Nicholas Philip Trist Papers.

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