Maria Jefferson Eppes to Martha Jefferson Randolph

I must again write to you my Dear Sister tho’ a painful doubt has sometimes arrisen, whether, or not, it is agreeable to you; & as much as I have endeavor endeavour’d to find reasons for your silence I can imagine none that could for so long a time, have occasion’d it. I was sorry to hear from Papa that your situation at Belmon Belmont was not as agreeable as I had hoped it would be, but as I could never see your the necessity of your immediate establishment there, I shall be most sincerely delighted should it occasion your return to Monticello. Aunt Carr is returned from Celies [. . .] we expect her here daily & she will stay I hope expect till we go up; she is at present with Aunt Bolling, who has been confined to her room allmost all the whole winter, her jaw has been once cured by the metallic points, but the pain has returned & all her applications have been hitherto unsuccessful, she is now very unwell. may I hope that you have tried the cure that I mention’d in my last for the pain in your back, I had it from the authority of my Mother & Mrs F. Good who had ensassured me that they had each tried it, & allways with success I must [. . .] once more beg you to try it for I am sure that it would relieve you. Adieu dear Sister I must again beg entreat you to write to me [. . .] for next to seeing you it would give me the greatest pleasure give my love to Mr Randolph & the dear children & tell them how much I want to see themAdieu

your affectionate sister

P.S. the family here all send their love to you & My Brother.

RC (NcU: NPT); incorrectly noted by Martha Jefferson Trist Burke: “‘Aunt Bolling’ was Mary Lucy Jefferson daughter of Peter Jefferson & Jane Randolph.”