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Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Henry S. Randall, 13 Mar. 1856

I know not where to begin in reply to your enquiries, my dear Mr Randall, for many subjects press upon me at once. I will therefore take up the one to which I have already alluded. You say in one of your letters “From some remark that dropped from Wormeley, a former slave in your family, as in...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Henry S. Randall, 27 Mar. 1856

Enclosed you have part of a letter, which I began a week ago. Sudden and severe cold which confined me some days to my bed, prevented me from going on with it: I send it in it’s unfinished state. Yours of the 22nd with it’s enclosures, reached me yesterday. I am not strong enough to write much to...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Henry S. Randall, 31 July 1856

I cannot myself give you any information as to what became of my grandfather’s letters to my mother. She died at Edgehill, October. 1836. I was in Boston at the time of her death and never saw the papers which she left behind. Her father’s letters were no doubt among those papers, and must be in...

Extract from Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Henry S. Randall, 16 May 1857

For the details of Mr Jefferson’s funeral I must refer you to my brothers and sisters. I was not present nor was my sister Cornelia. She was with me in Boston when in July 1826, we received a summons to hasten on to Virginia if we wished to see our grandfather alive. We set off immediately but...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Henry S. Randall, 11 June 1857

I have your two letters before me—If I have not sooner replied to them my excuse is simply that I could not. A complication of family cares & duties rendered it impossible for me to write till now. The first Mrs Francis Eppes was a niece of my father’s—the eldest daughter of his sister Jane...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge’s Memories of Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 1858]

a beginning destined never to go farther— Thomas Jefferson It is now one hundred and fifteen years since a respectable family, possessed of competent fortune, resided on a plantation of Virginia situated on the banks of a mountain stream, the Rivanna, a tributary of the noble James, one of the...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Adolph de Circourt, 18 July 1858

So long a time has passed without my writing to you that I fear you may be almost surprised at receiving a letter from me. You will not however have ascribed my silence to change of feeling towards yourself. You know me too well to suspect me of fickleness in my friendships. You will have placed...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Joseph Coolidge, 24 Oct. 1858

I am just from church, a church originally planned by Grandpapa, where I heard a good sermon from an Episcopalian Clergyman, a young man, the Revd Mr. Butler. I have been talking freely with my brother Jefferson on the subject of the ‘yellow children’ and will give you the substance of our...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Benjamin F. Randolph, 6 Feb. 1861

I have had a little photograph taken which they tell me is not much uglier than I am myself, and I enclose one in this letter for Sally & yourself. I cannot tell you how unhappy I am in the present conflict between the North & South. The idea of Civil war makes all the blood in my body...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Bennett Taylor, 10 Jan. 1865

your letter of 1st Jan. to Mr Coolidge is received. We have heard nothing farther of the exchange, but in such matters, delays are so unavoidable, that we still hope for success. Nothing will be wanting on our part to ensure it. I have heard nothing lately from our friends, except that a letter...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Bennett Taylor, 17 Feb. 1865

your letter of the 9th has been received. You had not then got Mr C–s enclosure, the answer to our representative, Mr Rice and the few words added by himself. Matters do not look very hopeful for your exchange. yet I hope on, and remember that “relief is often nearest when it appears at the...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Bennett Taylor, 21 Feb. 1865

My son Algernon received a letter from my brother Jefferson, yesterday, dated 3d February, perhaps even later news than you have received. All well. I write principally to say that I feel to-day more encouraged in the matter of your exchange than I have done yet. Mr C. who has been unremitting in...

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