Caroline Tufton (Barham) to Martha Jefferson (Randolph)

My dear Miss Jefferson

We have been some time past in daily expectation of hearing from you, which indeed has prevented me from writing as we were afraid you had not received our letters, for though we had the satisfaction of knowing you arrived safely in America, yet we should have been much more happy, to have heard it from yourself, and you cannot imagine how impatient I feel to have the pleasure, of receiving a letter from you: as we very often regret the many pleasant days we spent to-gether at Paris, and lament how very distant the time may be, when we shall meet again, in the mean time let us hear from you, as we shall always be delighted to think, you have not quite for-got us, I assure you, we think of you very often. We hear constantly from Botidoux, I think she seems very much ennuyéd at the [. . .] Convent, as she says every-body is very melancholy, the nuns have the liberty to go out, but they prefer remaining where are, which I wonder at, though I suppose, they would not have enough to live upon, if they went out. Miss Bath is still at Panthemont, and very happy at the thoughts of her Brother going to be married to a great fortune in England, he is now gone to join his regiment, and is to be married when he returns, I think he is very fortunate to find some-body, who is so charmed with him. The Coutts’s are still at Rome, it was reported that Miss Coutts was married to a Lord Hume, and it has since been put in the News-papers, but I dare say it is not true, at least I can hardly believe it. We went in the Country at Easter for a week or ten days, since our return we have had a great deal of dancing, indeed we had several Balls before, I think almost as many as at Paris last year. I hear Monsieur du Lue is just come to London, for a little while, I have not yet seen him, Madame de la Vauxaliere wrote to Yr Duke, to beg he would introduce him, as she says il est bien amiable. I forgot to tell you, we went to see Miss Dashwood some-time ago, she was then going in the Country, to Lord Ladderdale’s after which she was to be placed at a Mrs Beavers in Town, she seemed to like the thoughts of it very much, though she was not, in as great spirits, as I expected to see her, from having left yr Convent. I very often see Mr Thomas, he always inquires after Botidoux, I wrote her word of it last Week, I am sure she will not believe me—Elizabeth desires to join with me, in love to you, as well as your Sister, you cannot think how anxious we are to hear from you, how you pass your time, I sincerely wish you may to your satisfaction. I am afraid you will find this letter very dull and unentertaining, but I have no news at all to tell you, it is more to assure you how sincerely I am My Dear Miss Jefferson

Most affectionately yours
C. Tufton

The Duke desires to be remembered to you.

P.S.
I suppose you have heard that La princesse Dalainberg died soon after you left Paris, I was very sorry to hear of it, j accounts are just now come of poor Madame de Pienne’s death, she is universally regretted, did you know her? once more Adieu
Tr (ViU: ER); in an unidentified hand.