Margaret S. Nicholas to Jane H. Nicholas Randolph

My dear Jane

your letter, which I received last Monday; Made me quite happy, I had been in terror, least the disturbance which I knew you would receive from our dear little Patt, would be more than you could bare, I am surpris’d that you should whip her, I think I informed you that whipping, always put her in a passion, and was of no sort of benefit, that soothing, and coaxing, answer’d much better. I have been a little uneasy about the fever that your little Mag had, I think it by no means certain that it was not the forerunner of the Measles. We sent early this Morning to the post-office, but there was no letter from you. Which has increas’d my apprehensions, I flattered myself that you would write by every Mail, at least, until your Month was up. I am gratified to hear that you had so delightful a companion last week, as Ellen. And this Week you are to have Virginia,? how is she,? I hope she derived bennefit from her excursion to Carys Brook? Sarah, sent you Pollys letter of last Week, and we have heard nothing since, from Baltimore. We are in a deplorable situation for our bonnets. The girls were at a Cotillion party last evening, they say it was very pleasant, altho there was a great dearth of Clever Beaux. Frank Gilmere, call’d on them in the afternoon, and offered himself as an escort, and was very attentive to them all the evening. You may tell your Aunt Carr, that he enquires very particularly after her daughters, and say’s Nelly, is so handsome, she ought to come out at once. I have no doubt but that Walker Gilmere has informed him of your Aunt’s opinion of him, and her projected Match. Miss Polly Bush, who was in Winchester, when Maria was there, say’s that Maria disturbed the devotion of all the Church. that every one was enquiring what Beautiful, stylish looking [. . .] girl she was. I have not yet seen Mrs Davy Randolph, and indeed but very few of our friends, would you believe it Lucy Daniel has not been to see me. Edmonia, will not be hear this Winter. I heard of nothing but your Cousin Taylor, for at least the first week. But this, was not so disagreeable a subject to me, as to you. As I love her dearly. And am delighted to hear that she will certainly settle here next Fall, She is very anxious that Edmonia should join stocks with her, and that they should live together, I flatter myself she will do so. It would no doubt contribute very much to the happiness of both. and they would certainly be a great acquisition to our society. I have had Mags, Almonds, figs, and plumbs, put up, to send by Phill, for some day’s. But he has not yet made his appearence. I have this moment heard that [. . .] is in Town, and will go up tomorrow. Your frock is made in the newest style. I shall send a peice of Muslin to alter Nelly’s frock you will either give it to her, or send it, as may be most co[nve]nient, Sarah say’s she ought to have got you a pr of shoes the Colour of your frock, but that it so cold, that she cannot go out for them now, however if it growes warmer I will send her to look for a pr. Sarah sais she looked for buckskin gloves but could meet with none. She will again try, the first time she is out. I shall send you a pot of plumbs, with some prunes, figs, and Almonds, for the Children. I hope my Sister, will find the peice of Muslin large enough. Margaret say’s it is all she had. My Cook is still laid up, but mending fast. Your Mammy is in much better spirits than I could have hoped for. Yours with very great affection.

Peggy Nicholas

I do not beleive you, I am sure my dear little babys ey’s were as fine a black as I ever saw. kiss all the dear little girls for me, and two kisses for my sweet baby, and you will make my most affectionate respects to all your kind friends, of Ashton, and Monticello,

RC (ViU: Randolph Family of Edgehill & Wilson Cary Nicholas Papers); addressed: “Mrs T Jefferson Randolph Richmond.”