Nicholas P. Trist to Martha Jefferson Randolph and Thomas Mann Randolph

After an absence of three years, I again entreat of the parents of Virginia, permission to make to her an avowal of the feelings which were expressed to them before my departure; feelings which have now ha received the test of time, and to which every addition to my Knowledge of her sex has given new force.

I am aware of the fears entertained by Mrs Randolph on a subject which she has mentioned both to myself and others, but when I most solemnly declare that my opinions on that subject coincides entirely with hers, I have a right to expect that reliance in my honor which has hitherto been placed in it, and to which I dare say it has always been entitled.

If I have the happiness to gain her affections, I am confident she will never have cause to blush at the yet unsullied name of

Trist
RC (NcU: NPT); addressed: “Mrs M. Randolph Monticello.”