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Martha Jefferson Randolph to Elizabeth Trist, Aug. 1786

Your letter put an end to the inquietude that your long silence had caused us. Be assured that I will remember you as long as I live. I am very happy in the Convent and with reason for there wants nothing but the presence of my friends of America to render my situation worthy to be envied by the...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Elizabeth Trist, [ca. 1 Oct.–31 Dec. 1807]

This will be delivered to you My Dearest Friend by Mr. Robertson a young gentleman of uncommon merit and abilities. he is going to reside amongst you in a public capacity and where there is so much bad will be a comfort to your honest republican heart. I did not know untill late in the evening...

Nicholas P. Trist to Elizabeth Trist, 11 Dec. 1808

I have been made extremely happy by receiving your kind letter. Brother and I go to school to Mr Debecour. and at eight O clock every morning we go to Mr Digraises to take our Danscing lessons. It was my Mothers intention to place us under the care of Parson Chase, who promised to take us for...

Nicholas P. Trist to Elizabeth Trist, 25 Sept. 1809

I am very sorry to hear that you are so very sick, I am very glad of the idea of going to New Orleans, Brother gives his love to you and says he tries his best to write to you, I hope you will go to New Orleans with us. give my love to Aunt Harriot if you please, we are now at Aunt Christinas I...

Nicholas P. Trist to Elizabeth Trist, 5 Oct. 1809

Uncle Charles sets of tomorrow for Alexandria, Father and Mother have arrived at N. York, he was very well a week ago, but the gout has attacked him again it flies from his hand to the foot,—I hope Dear Grandmother you will forgive me for my neglect I hope Aunt Harriot will b...

Samuel House to Elizabeth Trist, 6 Apr. 1810

After a long silence for which I am ashamed, I have to Apologize to you for such neglectful behaviour, I again went down to enquire after the health and happiness of my Dear Aunt, as such an opportunity offers which I readily embrace, & hope you will forget past negligence, If I promise,...

Nancy Simms to Elizabeth Trist, 7 Jan. 1811

I recd my beloved Friends letter from Montecello a few days after its date, you say you were detained by the lameness of one of Mr Gilmers Horses and as the weather has for some time been very unfavourable to travelling—I have some hopes that this letter will find you still at Albemarle—I should...

James Nelson Barker to Elizabeth Trist, 24 Feb. 1811

Many thanks dear Madam—But justice loses nothing by mercy and were I guilty my compunctions would only be increased by your kindness. My excuses may have been awkwardly made but that must not rob my assertions of their sincerity; and as I am desirous of more than partial belief I would fain...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Elizabeth Trist, 12 Nov. 1811

I am truly obliged to you my Dear Friend for having written to me with out waiting for my answers in truth it is impossible for me to be regular in my correspondance with any one. I am at this moment writing in the room with 4 of the children chattering around me, and it is always the case more...

Maria Sabina Ross to Elizabeth Trist, 20 Jan. 1812

How often have I exclaimed, Why my friend this long silence, to suppose You had forsaken me was too injurious to Yourself and painful to me, Sometimes I would say, I judge her by myself for my dearest friend has become indifferent to me, but Your kind, and affectionate favor has awaked every...

Caroline House to Elizabeth Trist, 12 May 1812

Except my thanks dearest Aunt for your obliging favour, believe me to hear from you is one of the greatest pleasures I enjoy. I often peruse your letters with sentiments of affection mingled with respectful sympathy for your sorrows and admiration at your fortitude they likewise leave a sadness...

Caroline House to Elizabeth Trist, 2 Aug. 1812

The day I sent my last letter to the office my dearest Aunt Uncle Isaac arrived accompanied by Mrs Course Cousin Charles and Elizabeth their second Daugter they remained with us three weeks Uncle’s health was considerable improved when he departed but am sorry to say not restored, Doct Watkins...

Caroline House to Elizabeth Trist, 25 Jan. 1813

With pleasure my dear Aunt do I take up my pen to acknowledge your favour dated 6th December and assure you of my unfeigned thanks for the agreeable intelligence it conveyed spending your time to your satisfaction must be truly pleasing to a mind formed to enjoy congenial society such as you...

Nicholas P. Trist to Elizabeth Trist, 25 July 1813

The miscarriages of the post I suppose has been the cause of my receiving no news from you for it is three months since I have received any I have had a fever but am now & totally recovered. I hope that you are well in good health as well as all my Dear cousins. The fourth of July was...

Nicholas P. Trist to Elizabeth Trist, 15 Oct. 1813

You may perhaps be surprised at seeing my letter of this date My Mother who is now Madame St Julien Tournillon has been married to a gentleman of that name sent for me to be at the marriage. He is a very amiable man and will send Browse to College with me and I am very happy to find a...

Mary Trist Jones Tournillon to Elizabeth Trist, 4 Jan. 1814

Your letter of the 26 of October surprised me much as you mention that mine of the of not you had of my I suspect the servant I sailed to Baton Rouge end of for N. gave you a particular account of my acquaintance with Mr Tournillon in a letter dated 7th of July when I placed my Nicholas...

Nicholas P. Trist to Elizabeth Trist, 14 Jan. 1814

I went to Baton rouge the other day & found at the post office two letters from you, one of the 6th Novb for myself and one of the 8th Decber for Browse, which caused us great pleasure as a considerable space of time had elapsed since last we heard from you. You mention in your letter to me...

Catharine Wistar Bache to Elizabeth Trist, 14 Feb. 1814

Accept a thousand thanks for your kind favours which gave me sincere pleasure, for although Mary has ceased to write to me I must always be interested about her, and rejoice, or grieve, as she is happy or otherwise What are her intentions as to residence? Will she remain on the...

Marie Trist Jones Tournillon to Elizabeth Trist, 6 Mar. 1814

Did not I hear of you from Nicholas I should be seriously alarmed at your silence for I have not received a line from you since January In my last I enclosed a draft on Baltimore for a hundred Dollars. Since then my Mother and myself have had a severe bilious attack which I assure you has...

Ann D. Wallach to Elizabeth Trist, 14 Apr. 1814

For three weeks past, I have said. well: to day I will write and inform Aunt Trist of my marriage but something constantly occurred to prevent me. I hope you have not lost all interest in me, tho, I have (apparently) been so remiss in not writing to you before I became the dignified character now...

Hore Browse Trist to Elizabeth Trist, 20 Nov. 1814

I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of yours of last month (which was forwarded me from new Orleans) and that Mother presented us with a brother last thursday who is the image of his father. though Nicholas went immediately for the doctor who resides 10 miles from here and rode as fast...

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