Washington Oct. 12. 07.
My dearest Martha
My journey to this place was not as free from accident as usual. I was near losing Castor in the Rapidan, by his lying down in the river, where waste deep, & being so embarrassed by the shafts of the carriage & harness that he was nearly drowned before the servants, jumping into the water, could lift his head out & cut him loose from the carriage. this was followed by the loss of my travelling money, I imagine as happened on the Sophia in the morning I left Monticello, when it was given me again by one of the children. two days after my arrival here I was taken with the Influenza, but it was very slight, without either fever or pain & is now nearly passed off. I send you a letter & a pamphlet from your old acquaintance Dashwood, now mrs Lee, who you will percieve not to have advanced in prudence or sound judgment. return me the letter if you please, as I may perhaps answer it, if from a perusal of the pamphlet I find it worth while. I have not yet read it. She sent me a dozen copies. I inclose a letter for mr Randolph to whom present me affectionately & to all the young ones. be assured yourself of my warmest love.