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Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 19 Nov. 1821

Having been against our expectations detained at this place, my dearest Mother, I my first care is to perform my promise of writing to let you know that we have advanced so far in safety, and have little doubt of reaching Washington under the same favorable auspices. Nicholas seems perfectly well...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 14-15 Dec. 1821

I have always observed my dearest Mother, that your letters have a secret charm, a spell, by which vapours and blue devils are speedily expelled; in whatever mood I may be, to hear from you is like a dose of æther to an hysterical patient; I am at once animated revived, & things & persons...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 13 Jan. 1822

Your letter of the 8th reached me yesterday my dearest mother, enclosing 20 $ for which I am very much indebted to you; I have not been in want as yet, but the addition of 20 $ to my funds is no small source of satisfaction—if you should receive this before Margaret Nicholas leaves the county,...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 3 Apr. 1822

I wish my dear mother that Papa may be as good as his word and send me the remittance without which I can neither pay my visit to Baltimore nor leave Washington; I am becoming quite impatient and very apprehensive lest his delays should disappoint me in this much wished for visit—and after having...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Nicholas P. Trist, 8 Sept. 1822

I have been owing you a letter for a long time, my dear Nicholas, and have delayed writing, in the hope that an improved state of health and spirits would have enabled me to discharge my debt with some pleasure to you, as well as to my self, but days and weeks have passed, and left as they found...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Nicholas P. Trist, 17 Nov. 1822

It is just a year to day; my dear Nicholas since we left Monticello together, you, anticipating a long fatiguing journey, I, a short and pleasant one (in your society in spite of bad weather and roads) and a winter of gaiety & amusement—Time as he bears us along with him frequently appears to...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Nicholas P. Trist, 20-21 Jan. 1823

I was not aware, my dear Nicholas, when I wrote last that the blues were so strong upon me, or I should have prevented them from tinging my letter with their sombre colours. this is in every body's power, if they must feel uncomfortable themselves, they can at least avoid making others so, and in...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Nicholas P. Trist, 28 Mar. 1823

I have not written to you for a long time my dear Nicholas, for I have as usual had nothing to write about. you receive such regular bulletins from other sources, that but little is left for me to tell, & that little before it could be committed to paper, has generally escaped from a head at...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Nicholas P. Trist, 3 May 1823

My conscience begins to reproach me, my ever dear Nicholas with having neglected to reply to your last letter, which was the best you have ever written me, in as much as it was the longest. I have been reading it over again, and am at a loss whether to enter into a grave argument with you upon...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Nicholas P. Trist, 22 Dec. 1823

If I did not, from experience, know you to be a “much enduring man”, my dear Nicholas, I should despair of forgiveness for my manifold sins as a correspondent; I can only assure you that I have been deterred from writing as much by the consiousness of having nothing new or agreable to tell you,...

Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) to Nicholas P. Trist, 30 Mar. 1824

Really, my dear Nicholas, you are quite too modest and humble; you will never make your way in the world with so poor an opinion of your own merits; do you not know that with the common herd a man often passes current for the value he chooses to fix on himself & that impudence is the most...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 31 July 1825

The post goes out immediately, dearest mother, but I will if possible write a line to let you know of our safe arrival here. we reached Boston in the stage coach between ten & eleven o clock last night; the family had given up expecting us for that day & had all retired except Joseph’s...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Martha Jefferson Randolph, [Aug. 1825]

I have been a long time without writing to you, my dearest mother, I have so much to occupy me that it is only a few hurried moments that I can give to my pen, but when I get into a house of my own I shall then become mistress of my time & no longer live in the state of perpetual constraint...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 27 Nov. 1825

I had intended to have written to Virginia by this mail, dearest mother, but your letter of the 16. has determined me to delay for another week writing to her, as I fear I shall not have time for both. & wish to answer you. the captain of the brig Washington is in Boston, & from him we...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 2 Jan. 1826

I was prevented by a touch of headach from writing to my dearest mother yesterday, the ‘jour de l’an’, to offer her the best wishes of the season warm from the heart of a grateful & devoted daughter; many many returns of the same day to you my own best loved mother, marked by more auspicious...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Virginia J. Randolph Trist, 9–10 May 1826

I will begin a letter to you, my dear Virginia, but whether my jewel will allow me to finish it or not, is more than I can tell. the nurse is gone out and I must supply her place until she returns. in the mean time the baby is lying in a sort of precarious sleep which threatens every moment to...