had been faithfully writing to Jefferson since May, and his letters
slightly outnumbered Jefferson's replies. But in his two most recent letters to Jefferson
and 20 Dec., Jefferson, Papers
, 9:97–98, 116–117), JA
had said nothing about his recent
visits to Court, his consultations with the British ministry, the latest developments
Stanhope affair, or the arrival of the New York packet (without dispatches), all subjects
touched on by AA
in her letter to Jefferson of 20 Dec.
, above, immediately before she said, “as Mr.
writes you I will leave Politicks with which I really have no