Caroline Tufton (Barham) to Martha Jefferson (Randolph)

My Dear Miss Jefferson

I begin to think we shall never meet again. I hope you are not much frightened, but I believe we are as safe this part of the Town, if not more so than in most places. I am already quite tired of staying at home, and we cannot even come and see you, I am almost afraid of looking out of the Windows, for every body is armed. I had have had several Letters from the Convent, they are all frightened out of their senses, which indeed they have reason, but I told Mrs Roberts there was not the least danger, so she is perfectly satisfied, indeed I think they have less to fear in a Convent than any [. . .] where else. Bothedoux Botidoux set up all night as I heard. I suppose it was to guard the Convent, for I do not believe she is quite so poltrone as most of them. I am afraid this note cannot go now till to morrow morning for I see Mr Jefferson is already gone, and I meant to send it by him. Adieu I cannot write any more for there is such a noise in the Street. I must go and see what is the matter. if you can, send me a line, as I have merely written this pour savoir de vous nouvelles. Elizabeth desires her love. once more

RC (Privately owned); partially dated at foot of text.

poltrone [poltronne]: “cowardly.” pour savoir de vous nouvelles: “to know the news from you.”

Caroline Tufton Barham
Date Range
December 31, 1789
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