Letter (retained copy) from Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 26 January 1801
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Jefferson's letters from Washington to his daughter during the election crisis of 1800 mix domestic and national news with directions for the operation of Monticello. To replicate a letter before sending it, Jefferson would press a very thin tissue-like paper onto the original while the ink was still wet. Albeit slightly blurry, the copy could remain in his records.