Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Thomas Mann Randolph: One Autograph Letter Signed and One Autograph Document, Together with a Late Nineteenth Century Genealogy of the Jefferson Family. In the first, an undated, one page letter with integral page measuring 8" x 6.25" and addressed to Peter Carr (1770-1815), one of Thomas Jefferson's nephews, Randolph writes that he is of the "opinion that it would be right & agreeable to Th. Jefferson I have . . . furnished Mr. Ogilvie books from his [Jefferson's] library of which I keep a list. . . . Will you go with him . . . & let him supply himself, keeping a list for me? I consider the whole responsibility on myself & I have no anxiety, being acquainted with Mr. Os love for books."

    In the second, Randolph speaks in the third person regarding land. One and a half pages, 7.5" x 9.75", n.p., n.d. Randolph asks that Mr. L.H. Girardin "join the inclosed Plots in one report the scale he has taken and then to apply the boundary of his Plot from No. 6 to 23 inclusive so that 23 shall coincide with the same." He continues by giving the appropriate surveyors notes and asking if "when this union is made if Mr. G. will take the trouble to measure the two portions of the new Plot?"

    With a two page genealogy of the Jefferson family, beginning with the arrival of John Jefferson in 1619 to his great-great-grandson, President Thomas Jefferson, and from Thomas Jefferson to his great-great-grandchildren Flora Mason and Thomas Jefferson, circa 1890.

    Thomas Mann Randolph (1768-1828) was the husband of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha. He served In the Virginia State Senate and in the U.S. Congress before serving as a colonel in the army during the War of 1812. After the war, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and, later, as governor of Virginia from 1819 until 1822. He and his wife separated due to his alcoholism, but the couple reconciled shortly before his death.

    Condition: The letter to Peter Carr is fragile with areas of paper loss, mostly on the integral page, but also at the first line of the letter, was performed intentionally to obscure names. The second document, regarding the joining of two plots of land,regarding shows separation of the folds at the edges with ink smudging near the lower left edge and a 1.75" tear at the lower edge, which does not affect the text.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2015
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 586

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 15 Rare Books Signature Auction Featuring the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part III - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674