Muse and Confidante: Family and Friends

Three letters of Thomas Jefferson to Angelica Church
February 17, 1788; June 23, 1790 and September 8, 1795 Jefferson, in all these letters, reiterates his strong personal friendship and affection for Angelica.
February 17, 1788

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June 23, 1790

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September 8, 1795

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Abbaye Royale de Panthemont

Jefferson's daughter Martha attended school in Paris at this convent school run by the abbess, Madame Béthisy de Mézières. Martha was joined at the school by her sister Mary in 1787. Angelica Church's daughter Catherine was, at times, a classmate of the Jefferson daughters. Shown here are copies of the only eighteenth century engravings of the school from Oeuvres d'architecture de Pierre Contant d'Irvy and reprinted in the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Also shown is a hand written list by Martha Jefferson of her classmates at the abbey. The asterisks note those that she knew best. Catherine is not on this particular list.
Abbaye Royale de Panthemont

List of Martha Jefferson's classmates

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Martha Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) was the daughter of Thomas and Martha Jefferson. She married Thomas Mann Randolph and gave birth to eleven children.
Martha Jefferson Randolph
Letter of Jefferson to Catherine Church
Philadelphia, January 11, 1798

Jefferson mentions how both of his daughters reside at times with the families of their respective husbands "but I still count on their passing the greater part of their time at Monticello."

January 11, 1798

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January 22, 1800
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Two letters of Jefferson to Catherine Church
Philadelphia, January 22, 1800
Washington, March 27, 1801

Jefferson's letters to Catherine Church focus on the birth and health of his grandchildren and children, especially the status of motherhood.

Transcription and annotation of the Mar 27, 1801 letter by Mary Hackett, Assistant Editor of the Papers of James Madison.

March 27, 1801

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December 15, 1808

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Letter of Jefferson to Catherine Church
Washington, December 15, 1808

Jefferson's letter to Catherine Church expresses close family ties, especially in regard to the children. Jefferson writes that Martha is "now the mother of a numerous family."



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