Eliza M. Barclay to Martha Jefferson (Randolph)

The pleasure your agreable letter afforded me My dear girl would easily Make me forget forgive and even forget the uneasiness your silence gives me tho’ I cannot allow of the Justness of your Excuses for not writing as one sees by your letters that your time is far from being Employed in trifles.

I was happy the time I passed in the Convent and was treated with so much Kindness and attention by the ladies not to regret in some degrée the leaving it tho you will easily believe I prefer being at home with Mama where I am at present I am however occupied as Much as ever My Masters attending me at home My sisters Eye is not yet able to apply to h[er lear]ning as since the ofthalmy which she had some time on her Eye got better à film has appeard which seems to increase every day and I fear is of à much more dangerious nature than the first disorder

I am always with the sincerest wishes for your heaht health and happiness your ever affectionnée fried friend
Eliza M. Barclay
RC (Privately owned, 2015); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “A Mademoiselle Mademoiselle Jefferson à L’abbaye Royale de Penthemont Rue de Grenelle à Paris.”
Date Range
February 2, 1787