Nicholas P. Trist to Elizabeth Trist

Dear Grandmother

You may perhaps be surprised at seeing my letter of this date My Mother who is now Madame St Julien Tournillon has been married to a gentleman of that name sent for me to be at the marriage. He is a very amiable man and will send Browse to College with me and I am very happy to find a Protector and a friend and a Father in him. he is extremely fond of Browse and myself. he is temperate and modest and [pays?] every attention to Grandmother [Brown?] and he would be do to you if you we[re here?] which I hope you will be soon We are happy but not so much as we wou[ld] be if you were with us and if we saw our dear Cousins every day I hope that they are all in good health and spirits. Kiss every one of them for me and assure them of my everlasting love. It is said here that the Chactaws have determined to Join our Party. the negroes are now clearing the land and Father expects to have a fine crop next year and I expect it also for he gets up at day light and goes to make the negroes work My Mother will write to you next week and begs you to make any use that you please of the Carpet and the Books that you sent for she has never seen them since her return from the States and she suspects that [. . .] has stolen them I return to College next week with [my] Brother

adieu dear Friends your affectionate [. . .]
N. P. Trist
RC (NcU: NPT); mutilated at folds.