Martha Jefferson Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist)

I will write you a few lines My Dear Virginia allthough I am in a great hurry. yet shall it never be said that I neglected you so much as to let so direct an opportunity pass with out some token of remembrance. I send you by Nancy some fur which perhaps you may be able to make some use of, though I am by no means sure the girls are going to try to do some thing with theirs. Cornelia means to trim the velvet péllerine that Ann gave her with it and Mary the first thing that she can get. I am trying to finish your house wife before the waggon goes if I can I will send it, if not your Grand Papa will enclose it to you I have given up another bed to you and Mary so that you will each of you have 2 beds of 10 feet long very nicely prepared adieu My Dearest Daughter I think of you a great deal too much for my own happiness You will find Septimia greatly improved, very affectionate and playful. I long to see her little fat arms clasped round your neck as she does her other sisters to whom she is passionately attached believe me with warmest affection

Yours
M Randolph
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