Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Anne Cary Randolph, 7 June 1807

Washington June 7. 07.

My dear Anne

I recieved last week from your papa information that you were all well except your Mama, who had still some remains of the pain in the face. I hope I shall hear this week that she also is restored to her health. from yourself I may soon expect a report of your first visit to Monticello, and of the state of our joint concerns there.   I find that the limited number of our flower beds will too much restrain the variety of flowers in which we might wish to indulge, & therefore I have resumed an idea, which I had formerly entertained, but had laid by, of a winding walk surrounding the lawn before the house, with a narrow border of flowers on each side. this would give us abundant room for a great variety. I inclose you a sketch of my idea, where the dotted lines on each side of the black line shew the border on each side of the walk. the hollows of the walk would give room for oval beds of flowering shrubs.   will you tell your papa that Joseph has put into my hands Marmontel’s memoirs, & 7. Dollars, being the surplus of money left after paying Duane’s account. the 7. Dollars are included in a remittance I now make to mr Bacon, who is instructed to deliver them to mr Randolph. the books, making too large a packet for the post, I shall reserve them to bring with me, unless some earlier conveyance offers. kiss your dear Mama & the young ones for me. present me affectionately to your Papa, & accept the assurances of my love for yourself.

Th: Jefferson


MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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