Washington Mar. 21. 07.
On reciept of your letter I sent Joseph into the country to enquire into the situation of the mare. he reported that the people there thought she had a month to go; he thought less, because he observed her bag enlarged. mr Randolph recovers strength remarkeably slow, & I am now in the 8th day of periodical head-ach which threatens to be obstinate. I question if we get from here under a fortnight. for the mare to go with us then, & travel as we shall travel would ensure the loss of the foal and endanger her. would it not be better for you to send a servant here for her immediately. he will have 60. miles further to come here than to Monticello, but it is 60. miles less for the mare to travel than to go round by Monticello. I think this so obviously what you will prefer, that even if I get away before your servant comes I shall not take the mare with me.—I write this under a fit of head-ach, so must conclude offering to mr & mrs Eppes & family my affectionate respects, & to yourself unalterable esteem & attachment.