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Mary J. Randolph to [Ann C. Randolph Bankhead?], [c. 1814-1824]

I have given the list of seeds enclosed in your note to Grand papa he says he will send you the collection he promised you in a few days as they are it is not ready yet—Sister Ellen says desires me to say in answer to your enquiries about her knee that the ribbons have widened lengthened &...

Mary J. Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist), [ca. 30 Oct. 1814]

as I promised to write to you first I am not surprised at your silence. I have planted all of the flower roots that you left with me & mama has given me several others of diferent kinds for you. I have learnt the multiplication table at last & done a few sums besides. little tim has got...

Mary J. Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist), [after 2 Nov. 1814]

I was very much disappointed at not receiving a letter from you by Brother Charles as I expected you would write. your little maid was born the 2nd of november I wish you would write us word what you want her named & I will try & persuade Betsey to let us name it I have read the little...

Mary J. Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist), 15 Nov. 1820

Mama & Cornelia both say that they are going to write to sister Ellen My dear Virginia & therefore I shall address my letter to you if you are so fortunate as to be able to desylpher a sccratch penned by candle light & in my incorrigible hand which you know of old—we all feel very...

Mary J. Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist), 27 Dec. 1821

Brother Jeff sets off on saturday my dear Virginia and I will remember my promise of writing to you first altho I daresay mama has written to you if she has written to either of you I have not seen her since you left home but heard from her to day I am to send the horses down to morrow as she...

Mary J. Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist), 13 Jan. 1822

I got your letter when it was a week old my dear Virginia & you have now got mine which was written 4 or 5 days before brother Jeff set off, his journey was defered several days longer than he intended but I did not think it worth while to take the trouble of writing my letter over because...

Mary J. Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist), 31 Jan. 1822

I am very glad for your sakes my dear Virginia to hear that you are at last “coming to the sweet” of your visit to town tho’ every day lessens the chance of my going down to partake of the gaieties which Cornelia tells me are just beginning my fate is fixed I am afraid & there seems very...

Mary J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 23 Oct. 1825

Cornelia returned home yesterday my dear sister, after an absence of three weeks, accompanied by Jane and Mary Cary who are come up to attend the preaching which the presbyterian clergy mean to pour forth upon us at the meeting of their synod on the 27th. Aunt Cary, Mrs Cocke and Louisiana will...

Mary J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 16 Apr. 1826

Cornelia and my brother are with you, ere this my dear sister and you I hope and believe, from the favourable accounts Joseph has so regularly transmitted to us, are well, and strong enough, to enjoy their society without fear of being fatigued or injured by too much excitement. how anxious, how...

Mary J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 6 June 1826

I was just setting down to write to you my dear sister when I received Cornelias letter, but as I believe she was was the last to whom I wrote I will make no change in my first intention and shall therefore delay answering the letter till another time. I am afraid you have not received the weekly...

Mary J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 25 Jan. 1827

it is so long since I have written to you dearest sister, that I will not wait till the beginning of another week, our usual time for writing, though I have nothing particularly interesting to tell you, Nicholas and the girls having already given you all the details relative to the sale, that we...

Mary J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 18 Mar. 1827

I am as much obliged to you for your letter dearest sister, as if you had written earlier or oftener, and as long as I continue to hear regular news of you through mama, though I cannot deny the pleasure it gives me to receive letters written in your own hand and addressed to myself, I will make...

Mary J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 11 June 1827

your letter arrived my dear Sister just as I was preparing to spend this evening in writing to you and in addition to the pleasure of hearing from you again after so long a silence, ( & even mama has neglected us of late) I am rejoiced to have an opportunity of answering it immediately...

Mary J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 29 July 1827

it is so long since I have written to mama or yourself my dear Sister that I can scarcely recollect to which of you this letter is due, according to my rule of writing alternately to each of you, but I believe it was to mama that I addressed my last letter. we went up to Monticello Saturday week...

Mary J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 20 July 1828

Nicholas somewhat exaggerated the matter my dear sister when he said that we all complained of your silence, it is true that mama murmured at the plan of writing but once a fortnight & seemed to think she could not so readily submit to use economy in this particular instance, as she could in...

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