Elizabeth Tufton to Martha Jefferson (Randolph)

I have just received my dear Miss Jefferson’s kind letter which surprized very agreeably as I had seen some time ago in the newspapers, that you were at Cowes, we have frequently thought of you since, imagining you were on the sea by this time—I do not think we shall be wrong in our conclusions—I hope we shall have the pleasure of hearing from you on your arrival in America—but before I proceed I must satisfy your curiosity, in case you have not heard before respecting the French person of consequence in search of, that the Duke d’Orleans is arrived in London, I have just received a letter from the Duke of Dorset who has seen him, he [. . .] means to remain here as long as he can, the object or excuse of his journey is on business, de la hast du grand en marque to the King here, but not of any thing important, The Duke in his letter desires us to send ours to him, that he may have the satisfaction of having them sent to you—he does not return to Paris being appointed Steward of the Household, which is a very good place & nothing to do & what is very pleasant has several things in his gift, very fortunately one is just dropped of £350 a year, which he has [. . .] given to Mr Stone, it is clerk of the wine cellar at St James’, he will have apartments in it & plenty of wine to entertain Mrs Gardener with, if she returns to England, which she talks of doing. Poor Botidoux will be quite in despair to lose all her friends, I have heard from her since your departure, she complains of being quite maussade, Mr Stone who is gone to Paris for ten days, has promised to go to see her. Tom is to remain there, he wrote word to the Duke it was very dull at Paris now & immediately afterwards said a letter Caroline had written to you he had sent to the American chargé d’affaires, (I will not mention names for fear of offending you), who promised to forward it—it was easy to discover his thoughts by that—The weather here is very fine—I hope the wind is favorable, by this time I think you must have recovered your sickness—We are at my Brother’s house in Kent, about 24 miles from Dover, (I wish you had landed there), only us two with Mrs Hume, a person who lives with us, we often wished for her to walk with instead of Sally in the Champs elyséese we are not very merry here, we ride & walk every day, we shall remain here probably til December when we shall go to London—I shall finish this very dull & uninteresting letter in entreating you to write very often, you must give an account of all your adventures; in the course of years our letters will make quite an history. I think we had better not publish them seperately. Caroline desires her love. Adieu my Miss Jefferson—I am almost ashamed to send such nonsense so far, the Post is going out so I have not time to write another letter if I should destroy it. believe me ever

Most Affectionately Yrs
E Tufton

P.S. Mister & Mrs Coutts are just gone to Paris to take their daughters from Panthemont, they all go on to spend this winter in Italy & cannot speak Italian—

Tr (ViU: ER); in an unidentified hand.