Washington June 16. 06.
I arrived here, my dear Martha, to breakfast, on the Saturday morning before the last, without accident, & without wetting from the various showers which fell. mr Eppes proceded to Annapolis the next day (Sunday) and was back on Tuesday, all that matter being entirely broken off. I understand it was from the disagreement of the mother, solely, who has some other match for her daughter in her eye, more to her mind. I have not seen mrs Dearborne since I came, so know not whether she visits us this summer; but presume she will. mrs Gallatin will certainly, & probably mrs R. Smith. at least mr Smith wishes it and will endeavor to prevail on her. mr Short will pass the month of September with us; so that we shall have a thronged season. I find by a letter from Chisolm that I shall have to proceed to Bedford almost without stopping in Albemarle, & shall probably be kept there a week or 10. days, laying the foundation of the house, which he is not equal to himself; so that it will be near the middle of August before I shall be fixed at Monticello. do you know anything of my Antenor’s travels? I do not find them here. perhaps they are lent out. I write this just at the commencement of an eclipse of the sun, total at Boston & 50. miles North & South of that, of 11¾ digits at Philadelphia, & I suppose about 11½ here & perhaps 11. with you. tell Ellen I shall acknolege her letter by the next post. mr & mrs Madison are still a little lamish. they will probably visit us also in September. kiss all the young ones for me. present my affections to mr Randolph and be assured yourself of my constant & tenderest love.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.