Thomas Mann Randolph to Thomas Mann Randolph (1741–1793)

Dear Father,

Several days have elapsed since I arrived here from my expedition to the mountains, but I have been so much indisposed that I could not with ease proceed immediately to Richmond. I am extremely impatient to set out for New-York where my time would be much more profitably spent, & wish if it were convenient, you would send up your single chair for me, that I might come down & hear your determination with respect to my departure.

Mr Leslie has expressed his discontent to me at your settlement with him. In addition to the promise I gave him in Scotland every circumstance of which you are acquainted with, he has drawn out the explanatory postscript which I have inclosed you. He wished me to copy it and subscribe to it but I refused and referred him entirely to you, leting him know I was entirely unconnected with him the subject. By his being discharged so soon, I look upon myself as in his debt for instruction in the Mathematics the last six months of my residence in Edinr which otherwise I should never have thought of making him any return for. This debt will amount to ten Guineas. I owe him four pounds sixteen shillings for money expendended expended on my late journey & some other trifling things. I wished to have purchased a few books from him, but as there are so many unexpected calls on you of which I am the author, I willingly dispense with this.

Relying entirely on your sense of justice and perfectly convinced of your equitable intentions it would [be?]1 inexcusable forwardness in me to mention any thing farther on the subject of your settlement with Mr Leslie.

Your dutiful & aff. Son
Thos M. Randolph
RC (ViU: ER); endorsed “R Letter to T. M. Randolph sent April ’89.”
1Omitted word editorially supplied.