Washington Mar. 23. 07.
My dearest Martha
Mr. Randolph’s convalescence proceeds steadily, not a single circumstance having arisen to throw him back. yet his strength increases slowly. as yet he only rides out in the carriage every day. it will not be till he can get on horseback that we can judge when he will be able to travel. my fits of head-ach have shortened from 9 hours to 5. but they have stuck some days at 5. hours, and when they will give further way cannot be devined. in our present situation it is impossible to fix a day of departure. it has always seemed to be about a week off; but, like our shadows, it walks before us. & still keeps at the same distance. I do believe however that mr Randolph will be able to travel within one week from the time of his getting on horse back. I write while a fit is coming on and therefore must conclude with my kisses to you all.