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Martha Jefferson Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist), 27 Jan. 1822

I enclose a letter My Dear Virginia that will make up for all the deficencies of mine and according to promise send it intact as I recieved it under cover to your Grand father, in return send me the news as every thing that concerns him interests me— I presume you have heard of Anne Cary’s death...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph (Trist), by 24 Feb. 1822]

This beautiful weather and quiet hour makes me anxious once more to see you my dearest daughter at a home, recovering its charms with the fine season. every thing like comfort is so completely destroyed during the winter by the boys, that I had rather forego the pleasure of your society provided...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Nicholas P. Trist, 7 Mar. 1822

I shall not apologise for keeping your letter 3 weeks by me unanswered, exact punctuality is not in my power, fortunately perhaps for my correspondants. as you did not receive the Louisville packet in due season I am almost sorry that my part of it at least had not gone to the bottom, for old...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Nicholas P. Trist, 21 Mar. 1822

I beg My dear Nicholas that you will never again suffer your self to be made seriously uneasy by any possible length of silence from me. I am so notorious an offender in that way that if you did but know it, I deserve thanks and praises at your hands so far, for having treated you to so much...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 27 May 1822

I received Your last some weeks before I left Monticello, but I believe you are so much accustomed to my bad ways that you do not require a fresh apology for every letter—I have in vain tried to be punctual, but bad habits are not so easily conquered, particularly when the causes which first gave...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Nicholas P. Trist, 1 July 1822

I should not have waited for Your letter My very dear Nicholas to have written to you, could My mind have suggested one solitary argugment of comfort. time alone, can soothe the heart, and all that the strongest reason can do, is to assist its operation by attention to the physical as well as...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Nicholas P. Trist, 1 Sept. 1822

No apology is due to me Dearest Nicholas for any delay in answering my letters, who have now before me two of yours unanswered. It is really a singular circumstance that loving you, and thinking of you as much as I do, I should still be so much under the influence of a habit contracted in early...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, [ca. 12 June 1823]

The floor of the portico is ript up and the red dirt in it all loosened and partly thrown out. Gormon says that he can do nothing without Thrimston and that it will take him still a week. if it is possible to spare him so long for pity sake let him remain, as we shall all be mired in the very...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 2 Aug. 1825

I wrote to Mrs Coolidge by the last mail, but really in a state of mind so unfit that if there had been any probability of it’s being more composed before the crisis of the 8th was passed I would certainly not have sent the letter. but it had been already too long though unavoidably delayed, and...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 8 Aug. 1825

I could never make you understand my dear Sister how impossible it is for me to be punctual, without any laziness on my part. but you have been kind enough to give me credit for my good intentions and wave all ceremony in writing your self, for which I am most grateful. we have allways a great...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 1 Sep. 1825

I must write to you My dear Ellen, when I can, and not wait for time to do it quietly and rationally. I have literally not one quiet hour from 5 in the morning my usual hour of rising, till 10 at night, when we generally retire. the odd half hours and quarters that I can command I will most...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 18-19 Sept. 1825

I wrote a hurried scrawl to Mr Coolidge by the last mail which would have been burnt if I had had time to collect my thoughts to do better, but although I went in to Nicholas’s pavillion and it rained furiously while I was there, I was so often interrupted, and even forced to leave My letter to...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 13 Oct. 1825

Your last letter My dear Ellen, is a fresh proof of the infalibility of my judgement. the old dutchess de la Ferté could not have predicted with more confidence than I did, that it was only necessary for you to become acquainted with Boston for you to be pleased with it. and it appears...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 16 Nov. 1825

I have only time to write you a few lines My dearest Ellen, to prevent a longer silence than usual and which might alarm you. I recieved Your letter last monday was a week, and would have answered it with in the same week, but the next mail mail brought one from Col. Peyton informing us of the...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, 26 Nov. 1825

We have just despatched a box containing such a ridiculous heterogeneous collection, that even you will smile when you unpack it. to begin with the principal article of the catalogue, and which in fact obtained transportation for the rest, is the writing desk for Joseph which I mentioned in a...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 22 Jan. 1826

I have not written for a long time My dear Sister because in truth I had nothing but painful subjects to communicate. the unfortunate event of the sale I have long anticipated not altogether however to the extent it has gone. the property has fallen very far short of the payment of the debts. it...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Joseph Coolidge, 1 Mar. 1826

No apology is due My dear Joseph for the earnestness with which you urge Cornelia’s visit. believe me you can not be more anxious about it than I am, and I hope we shall be able to accomplish it without resorting to the means you propose. not that my heart does not admit...

Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ann C. Morris, 1 May 1826

Thank you dear Sister for your kind letter. This sad winter is gone, but the misfortunes which have marked it’s progress are as irremediable in themselves as the recollection of them will be lasting and bitter. Mr Bankhead’s conduct has been extremely kind and proper; he has given me the most...