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Virginia J. Randolph Trist to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 27 June 1825

The sight of a letter from my Dearest Sister & brother to day made me feel happier than I thought any thing could have done just now, & the pleasure was partly unexpected as we did not know of the delay which prevented you from reaching Fredericksburg the Steam boat friday evening,...

Cornelia J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 13 July 1825

Virginia & myself have had a contest, my Dear sister, about who should write by this post but I could not yeild my birthright so easily in this case, willing as I am to give up the melancholy privilege in general; I am not very fit company however for you or any one else this evening for I am...

Cornelia J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 3 Aug. 1825

I am mounted upon a high chest in the cellar, my dear sister, in the midst of sweapers and scourers, for my time is so completely occupied by serving & entertaining company that I have not a quiet unemployed half hour even to devote to you, but write to you I will even in this sort of...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 1 Sep. 1825

I must write to you My dear Ellen, when I can, and not wait for time to do it quietly and rationally. I have literally not one quiet hour from 5 in the morning my usual hour of rising, till 10 at night, when we generally retire. the odd half hours and quarters that I can command I will most...

Virginia J. Randolph Trist to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 3 Sep. 1825

I have atlength given up the keys & have time to write to you My Dearest Sister, to think of you I always find time even when most pressed by the labours of housekeeping & distracted by the crowds of company which we have had a constant succession of this summer. I believe I have entirely...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 18-19 Sept. 1825

I wrote a hurried scrawl to Mr Coolidge by the last mail which would have been burnt if I had had time to collect my thoughts to do better, but although I went in to Nicholas’s pavillion and it rained furiously while I was there, I was so often interrupted, and even forced to leave My letter to...

Virginia J. Randolph Trist to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 16 Oct. 1825

Cornelia being now on a visit to Carys-brook, my Dearest Sister, the cares of house-keeping have devolved upon me, with the heavy addition of my being obliged to finish Sidneys trimming in the course of a week, and both together give me scarcely time to sleep & take my meals, but this is...

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...

Cornelia J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 31 Oct. 1825

We have at last got established in winter quarters dearest sister, but I do not feel at home without you & long for your company even more now than during the summer, then I was in such a constant turmoil that I scarce knew whether I was on my head or my heels, & scarce had a leisure...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 16 Nov. 1825

I have only time to write you a few lines My dearest Ellen, to prevent a longer silence than usual and which might alarm you. I recieved Your letter last monday was a week, and would have answered it with in the same week, but the next mail mail brought one from Col. Peyton informing us of the...

Cornelia J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 24 Nov. 1825

I have my hands so full at present, dear sister, that I can scarcely spare a half hour to write even to you, the duties of a housekeeper, of a milliner & mantua maker and the necessity of paying some neighbourhood visits before we are shut in for the winter, have made me a perfect drudge for...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 26 Nov. 1825

We have just despatched a box containing such a ridiculous heterogeneous collection, that even you will smile when you unpack it. to begin with the principal article of the catalogue, and which in fact obtained transportation for the rest, is the writing desk for Joseph which I mentioned in a...

Cornelia J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 23 Feb. 1826

It is long since I have written to you my dear sister, partly because I have not had time, & partly because I had nothing to write about but unhappiness & misfortunes; fortune has persecuted us so unrelentingly that even though at last she seems to give us one smile to excite hope, not...

Cornelia J. Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 18 Mar. 1826

I think, dear sister, that I shall certainly go to Boston now; brother Jeff. proposes to set out next wednesday (this is friday) but as he is now in Bedford from whence he cannot return before sunday, and has so much business always that he can never say certainly what time he will do any...

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...

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