Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joel Barlow, 25 July 1808

Monticello July 25. 08

Dear Sir

Having been tempted by a cloudy day to leave Washington a day sooner than I intended, among other things which I omitted to do was the furnishing you an Itinerary of the route to this place. It is as follows. from Georgetown ferry

to Wren’s. 6.38
+ Fairfax Court house 8.65
+ Centerville about 7.50 Mitchell’s is the best house
+ Redhouse about 10.  mrs Hereford’s best. Bronaugh’s next
+ Fauquier Ct. House 18.  Norris’s best, indeed a superlatively good one
Jefferson 9.80 Kuhn’s, but even that a wretched place.
+ Culpeper Ct. House 13.77 Capt. Shacklefords
+ Orange C.H. 20.83
mr Madison’s 4.17
+ Gordon’s 8.75
+ Watson’s tavern 13.58
Monticello    7.58

the houses marked thus + are pretty good comparatively. — means bad. you asked me the best time of taking the road and I observed as well soon as late. but I found mrs Randolph in the straw at her own house, having increased her family on the 16th. of course she will not be with us till a month from that and for her sake as well as mrs Barlow’s, the visit will be doubly pleasing if so timed as that she should be here. in the hope that nothing may intervene to deprive us of the pleasure of possessing mrs Barlow & yourself here, after presenting her my respects I salute you with friendship and great consideration

Th: Jefferson

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