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Letter from Elizabeth Wayles Eppes to Thomas Jefferson (October 13, 1784)

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In a letter dated October 13, 1784, Elizabeth Wayles Eppes informs Thomas Jefferson, then in Paris, of the death, in Virginia, of his daughter Lucy Elizabeth.

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Eppington October. 13. 1784

Dear Sir

Its impossible to paint the anguish of my heart on this melancholy occasion. A most unfortunate Hooping cough has deprived you, and us of two sweet Lucys, within a week. Ours was the first that fell a sacrifice. She was thrown into violent convulsions linger’d out a week and then expired. Your dear angel was confined a week to her bed, her sufferings were great though nothing like a fit. She retain’d her senses perfectly, calld me a few moments before she died, and asked distinctly for water. Dear Polly has had it most violently, though always kept about, and is now quite recovered. My heart shudders for my poor Bolling, who is reduced to a skeleton, and the cough still very obstinate. Life is scarcely supportable under such severe afflictions.

Be so good as to remember me most affectionately to my dear Patsy, and beg she will excuse my not writing until the gloomy scene is a little forgoten. I sincerely hope you are both partaking of every thing that can in the smallest degree entertain, and make you happy. Our warmest affections attend you both. Your sincere friend,

E Eppes

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October 13, 1784
In a letter, Elizabeth Wayles Eppes informs Thomas Jefferson, then in Paris, of the death, in Virginia, of his daughter Lucy Elizabeth.
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APA Citation:
Eppes, Elizabeth. Letter from Elizabeth Wayles Eppes to Thomas Jefferson (October 13, 1784). (2021, January 28). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/letter-from-elizabeth-wayles-eppes-to-thomas-jefferson-october-13-1784.
MLA Citation:
Eppes, Elizabeth. "Letter from Elizabeth Wayles Eppes to Thomas Jefferson (October 13, 1784)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (28 Jan. 2021). Web. 07 May. 2021
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