Washington Dec. 8. 06.
My dearest Anne
I owe you the acknolegement of your letter of Nov. 15. and I shall hope this evening to recieve one from some one of the family informing us all are well. here we are suffering under a very severe spell of cold weather—the thermometer was at 25. this morning and we have had two inches of snow. I hope Davy got safely home with his plants, fowls, & other charges. I consigned to you some roots of Peruvian grass to be taken care of for me till I come home. Davy must have made a bad hand of his journey, as he left this on a Saturday & from your papa’s account could not have reached Edgehill till the Sunday sennight following, making it a journey of 9. days instead of 5. all are well here, except my crippled hand from which I had the whole nail of the middle finger torn off by accident. it is now nearly healed up. kiss your mama for me & all the little ones, & accept for yourself my affectionate Adieux.
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.