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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to Maria Eppes

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03641 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 May 1801 Pagination: 1 p. : address : free frank ; 25.3 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to his daughter about her health, his desire for Maria's presence in capital, and planning for her to visit. Waterstaining slightly obscures the text.

Background Information: Notes: Not in Bergh or Ford. Betts and Dean eds., The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 203.

Full Transcript: Washington May 28. 1801.
An immense accumulation of business, my dear Maria, has prevented my writing to you since my arrival at this place. But it has not prevented my having you ...in my mind daily & hourly, and feeling much anxiety to hear from you, & to know that mr. Eppes & yourself are in good health. I am in hopes you will not stay longer than harvest where you are, as the unhealthy season advances rapidly after that. Mr. & Mrs. Madison staid with me about three weeks till they could get ready a house to recieve them. This has given me an opportunity of making some acquaintance with the ladies here. We shall certainly have a very agreeable and worthy society [struck: here]. It would make them as well as myself very happy could I always have yourself or your sister here [strikeout] but this desire, however deeply felt by me, must give way to the private concerns of mr Eppes. I count that in autumn both yourself & sister, with mr Eppes & mr Randolph will pass some time with me but this shall be arranged at Monticello where I shall be about the end of July or beginning of August. Ask the favor of mr Eppes to inform me as soon as he can learn himself the age, and blood of the several horses he was so kind as to purchase for me. Present him my affectionate attachment, as also to the family at Eppington when you have an opportunity[.] [R]emember that our letters are to be [inserted above: answered] immediately on their reciept, by which means we shall mutually hear from each other about every three weeks. Accept assurances of my constant & tender love.
Th: Jefferson
Mrs. Maria Eppes.
[address leaf:]
free
Th: Jefferson
Mrs. Maria Eppes
at Bermuda Hundred
near City point
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People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Eppes, Maria, 1778-1804

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentChildren and FamilyWomen's HistoryHealth and MedicalTravelEntertaining and HospitalityWhite House

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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