Marie Ball to Martha Jefferson (Randolph)

My Dr Jef—

Abeny has not a moment to Write you a line, therfore I take up the pen to make you My Comts of yr little man. I see my Brother stands a bad chance quoique Vous le trouves Charmant—you Ware I hear the belle of the bal—I am not Surprisd I must tell you that Monsieur Labords ball dont take place insi consolé Vous—Come back, soon to us car je tassure Vous étes une grand Vide a notre societé Adieu I wish you many happy New years—Abeny will write to you by the post, she says you are half good & hopes in a day or two you will be the other half.—

yrs most Sincerely
Maria Ball
RC (Privately owned); undated; addressed: “A Mademoiselle Mademoiselle [. . .] Jefférsson a Chaliot.”

quoique Vous le trouves Charmant: “even if you find him charming.” insi [ainsi] consolé Vous: “so, console yourself.” car je tassure Vous étes une grand Vide a notre societé: “because, I assure you, you left a big void in our group.”

Marie Ball
Date Range
December 31, 1789
Privately owned