Thomas Mann Randolph (1741–93) to Thomas Mann Randolph

Dear Tom.

Ben Hughes, I suppose, will write to you by this Opportunity, giving an Acct of your Affairs at Varina, which are distressing as to the Crop, and Stock—not Corn enough for the Use of the Farm, 700 bushels of Wheat not Merchantable & refused by Boyd & Ker, but they have, by my Advice employed the Pleasants to grind it. and to make into Ship stuff, or Seconds, and to pass the Value of it to your Credit—. I have not heard from Mr Wm Harvie since he left this, has he taken [. . .] the Boy & Girl. the two oldest of children? if not I wish you to send them to Tuckahoe– by the first opportunity by a Waggon—, or by Water. Give my Love to the Girls.

I am dear Tom
Your Aff. Father
Thos. M. Randolph
RC (ViU: ER); damaged at seal; dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr Tho M Randolph Monticello By Peter” endorsed by recipient: “Th. M. Randolph Feb. 26. 1792.”

ship stuff: inferior wheat flour (OED).