Thomas Mann Randolph to Nicholas P. Trist

“Dear Sir,

I have succeeded in stopping the letter which has thrown Mrs R into such agitation. I send it for your perusal on condition that the Executor be not permitted to read See it, or hear it read.”

“as I do not consider myself a member of the family at all, and cannot reside at Monticello again, I do not feel myself bound to consult with any member of it upon what I do, or what I write, or what I say. My respect for you will fully prevent my ever doing either in a way which could possibly affect you without communicating to you immediately.”

&c &c &c

“with affectionate esteem & regard your &c
(Signed) Th. M. Randolph Senior
Tr (DLC: NPT); addressed: “N. P. Trist. Esqr”; in the hand of Trist; with note at foot of text: “Recd at about 2. P.M. on the 6th July. 1826. Enclosing the letter to Forbes”; endorsed by Trist: “Randolph (T.M.) Extract of a letter from, recd by N. P Trist. and afterwards returned to the same T.M.R. at his request.”