Thomas Mann Randolph to Joseph Watkins
|Dear Sir,||Varina March 31. 97|
I am going up to Richmond tomorrow with my children to be inoculated. [. . .] I shall take lodgings somewhere and stay with them myself till they are safe through as Mrs Randolph cannot be with them on account of the age of the youngest, being just about teething. If Mrs Watkins & yourself will trust some of your little ones that are just about the right age which is any where above four I will engage to take the same care in every respect as of my own & no doubt will [see?] them safe through. This is the very best season of the year for them to take it.
I h[ave] just heard from Mr Jefferson he says “th[e price of w]heat at Philada & Baltimore is 2 Dollars 13 Cents, at Alexandria & Dumfries 1.69. at Fredericksburg 1.16. the merchants of Philada & Baltimore think wheat & flour will keep at their present prices the present season notwithstanding the threatening aspect of affairs with France.”1
I do not know what occasions the gradual fall as you come South but tis certainly the banks which occasin the high prices to the Northward by rendering money easy to be had & of course encouraging & facilitating speculation.
If you send any of your children down they had better stop in some safe place somewhere about Scuffletown till their Conductor can comes in to give me notice upon which I will carry out a Physician & inoculate them before I bring them in.