Mary Trist Jones Tournillon to Elizabeth Trist

My Dear Mother

We moved here last month to the plantation which Mr Tournillon purchased, it is six miles from the River and thought to be a healthy situation, he is to give $30,000 payable in ten years for 1,000 acres of land and eight Negro Men, there is a Saw Mill on it which yeilded $4000 annually to the last proprietor, I have a hope that here we will enjoy Our health and my husband be repaid for his exertions, or if Cotton will does not succeed [. . .] Sugar will for there are several sugar Estates in the neighbourhood. Browse did not leave us until the 19th as he wished to see his fathers purchase, I recieved a letter from him to day he arrived safe and found his brother well. If their father succeeds this year he will send them the next, either to France or the United States to finish their Education, they would have gone this Spring could he have collected the money for though their expences here are as great as they will be else where yet they can be paid quarterly, or whenever he receives funds. Say to Polly that she has formed a very imperfect idea of my situation if she thinks I would not be happy to reside where you do, that Country is a paradise in Comparison to this, there you have health and good society, I have neither; as to wealth I never expect to possess it though I must confess I should be much happier if I did as I would have it in my power to make others so. independence certainly ought to crown such exertion and industry as Mr Tournillons. I hope you will receive this letter before you depart for Albemarle pray remember me in the fondest manner to all my friends there, although I may never have the happiness of visiting them myself yet I trust my boys will for them I Claim their friendship. I have neither seen or heard from Harriot since I mentioned her to you nor do I know where she is, I cannot account for her conduct, Browse promised to make every possible enquiry about her, when you write to Mrs Ross ask her where she is gone as it was her who told Nicholas that Harriot had leftt town. William is well, his wife and her two brothers made this year 4000 hundred hogs heads of Sugar, we have not seen him for two years, but we heard that his wife presented him last month with a Daughter. when did you hear from Mrs Bache? Say every thing kind for me to Polly, Embrace affectionately her Children, my little Julian begins to prattle, he calls for his brother every day, I never saw Browse so fond of any thing as he was of him, be assured the little fellow will not be a stranger to your name. I hope the spring air will restore Mrs Burwell to health. write often I pray of you, and believe that we all feel the truest friendship and attachment for you

M Tournillon
RC (NcU: NPT); mutilated at seal; addressed: “Mrs Elizabeth Trist Care of Peachy R. Gilmer Esqr Henry Court house Virginia mail”; stamped; postmarked La Fourche, 9 Mar.; endorsed by Trist: “M Tournillon date 3d March Recd 13th April.”
Mary Trist Jones Tournillon
Date Range
March 3, 1816