Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elizabeth Wayles Eppes, 22 September 1808

Eppington Sep. 22. 1808.

Most greatful my dear Sir is your truly affectionate letter to my wounded soul which has been more dead than a live since the fatal day my be-lov’d husband set out for the Springs—

We shall be extremely happy to be favor’d with a visit from you & sincerely hope your dear family will accompany you for be assur’d we have the highest affection for every individual—

I have promis’d to accompany my dear Wayles to day to Mr Bakers tho’ not with a hope of relieving my wretch’d situation I think it my duty to make what return I can for his tender affections he has never left me a moment & it is absolutely necessary he should now attend to his affairs a little he spent only one hour at his farm as he return’d from the Springs

Accept dear Sir our best wishes for your health & happiness

Your afflicted friend

E Eppes

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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