Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 12 October 1807

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.

Th: Jefferson


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