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Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 21 June 1831

I am ashamed to have kept your letter 3 weeks unanswered dearest Ellen but it requires some time for me to get settled and to learn to do any thing in a family of such unweildy dimensions and where 6 of them are small enough with Jane’s management or rather want of management to cry & make a...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 1 Aug. 1831

I am very much disturbed dear Nancy at not being able to lay my hand upon Professor Leslie’s letter; I received it in the hurry of packing up, and always thought I had brought it with me, but I can find it no where here. I trust I shall find it when I return to Washington. Dear little Jeff. was...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 31 May 1832

It is a very long time dear Sister since I have written any thing that deserved the name of a letter to you, more than a twelve month I beleive, for the last scrawl written upon a torn-sheet really did not deserve that name. I am sorry that you should have been distressed by any thing that...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Robley Dunglison, 1 July 1832

This will be delivered to you by Mr Smith a gentleman that was introduced to me a few evenings since, as an english traveller of family and fortune. in passing through Charlottesville on his way to the springs, he is desirous of seeing Our University, and I have taken the liberty of addressing...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 6 Sept. 1832

I passed through New York in the month of July when it was full of cholera, and I was in great haste to reach Boston before Mr Coolidge sailed for Canton in China. My poor Ellen had just lost her second daughter a lovely creature of five years old, and her husband was on the wing for a long...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Septimia A. Randolph (Meikleham), 2 Dec. 1832

I have staid from church dear Septimia for the express purpose of answering your letter. I am not surprised at your predilection for the catholic faith; at your age I believed most religiously that it was the only road to heaven, and looked forward with fear and terror to the possibility of never...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 24 June 1833

I was just preparing to write to you dearest Ellen when I received your very welcome letter. I am sorry you have been so much disappointed in your present situation and can truly sympathise with you in the distress of a large house with out servants to keep it in order. ours according to the...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 30 June 1833

I recieved your letter dear Sister just as I was preparing to leave Boston to spend a week or 10 days with My Cambridge friends, thinking that I should not return to Washington till the last of May or the first of June but to my great surprise and disappointment the day after My return My escort...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 16 Feb. 1834

The mournful subject of this letter dear Nancy will excuse the delay in answering your last. I have had the affliction of again losing one of my dear and excellent children. my poor James who no doubt you remember, whose quiet gentle manly manners you remarked as a boy and whose manhood fulfilled...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 17 Sep. 1834

I believe My dear Sister that there was some thing like a tacit agreement between us that you should take me as men do their wives for better for worse, though as a correspondant I am afraid the “better is still to come.” I have been I think rather worse than common this summer. in the early part...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 22 Mch. 1835

I have been long owing you a letter dear Sister but the state of my family has been such this winter that I have not had a moment to do any thing that I wished, and as for writing I believe I have not written three letters since I left Albemarle although two marriages have taken place in the...

Draft Will of Martha Jefferson Randolph, 18 Apr. [1835]

Washington April 18th 2 o’clock in the morning Friday Saturday To my five daughters I wish to bequeath my property in the funds. To Benjamin & Lewis the two negroes now in Benjamins possession. my five remaining negroes Emily I wish liberated as soon as you break up house keeping here; Martha...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 4 Dec. 1835

I have long been intending to write dear Sister but have been so closely employed as to leave me not a moment. I sincerely regretted seeing so little of you, but Mr Coolidge’s short stay and approaching absence with the task he had so much at heart that I should break up house keeping and live...

Will of Martha Jefferson Randolph, 24 Jan. 1836

I Martha Randolph formerly of Albemarle but now a temporary resident of Boston, being of sound mind, and in my ordinary state of health, make my last will and testament in manner and form as follows I give to my daughters Ellen Cornelia Virginia and Mary & Septimia the debt due me by the...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Benjamin F. Randolph, 27 Jan. [1836]

I have no doubt dear Benjamen but that you have made the best possible arrangements in hiring our servants. I have two objects particularly in view paramount to every other, to ensure their being kindly treated and in families where they would be in the least danger from local situation of being...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Elizabeth Anderson, 4 Apr. 1836

Many thanks Dear Madam for the welcome intelligence of our dear Elisabeth’s safety it is a great relief to me to know that her hour of trial is past, and that she is now enjoying the sweet reward of so much pain and danger. with pleasure I take my place in the...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 5 Apr. 1836

I had been for some time intending to write to you dear Sister when I received your letter. I sympathise deeply and sincerely with you in your late sufferings, but we have both arrived at the winter season of life, with all it’s infirmities, so greatly encreased by the absence of warm weather,...