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Martha Jefferson Randolph|Thomas Jefferson
Handwritten Social Calendar of America’s Third First Lady, Martha Jefferson; Perhaps The Only Such Early American Document to Have Reached the Market This remarkable unpublished list, compiled from 1829-1832, illustrates her role as heir to her father and the dignitaries with whom the former First Lady communicated
1831. She met wives of President James Monroe, Secretary of State Henry Clay, Supreme Court Justices Roger Taney and  Bushrod Washington, and scores moreMartha Jefferson was the oldest child of Thomas Jefferson, and she spent much of her life assisting and supporting her father and his career. Since Jefferson’s wife died in 1782, Martha served as his First Lady in the White House during his terms as president. After Jefferson's retirement, Martha and her children spent their time primarily at Monticello, where she oversaw various household and plantation operations, and acted as his hostess, offering hospitality to a steady stream of familiar and sometimes famous guests. She earned a reputation for her intellectual abilities, and was seen as a conduit to Jefferson himself, particularly in his later years when she was essentially his chief of staff (helping him politically and financially) and managed his appointments and access to him. In addition to all this, she married Thomas Mann Randolph and raised their 12 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood. Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, ending her stint as her father's gatekeeper.Martha was in Washington between 1829 and 1832 staying with her daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Nicholas Trist. There she would exchange visits with women of the great families of the day, many of whom she had known for decades, and share information and pleasantries. These visits were a mix of social matters and politics.Martha maintained a social list - a social calendar in a sense - to record visits made to her and make sure she returne … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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