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During his political service in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, Jefferson regularly returned to Monticello for extended stays. Summer visits often also meant crowds of visitors that had to be accommodated. But in winter, when travel was more difficult, the family enjoyed a greater level of solitude and intimacy. In anticipation of an impending visit early in 1801, Jefferson's daughter Martha wrote:

"I am delighted that your return will be at a season when we shall be able to enjoy your company without interruption…I suffered more in seeing you always at a distance than if you had still been in Philadelphia; for then at least I should have enjoyed in anticipation those pleasures which were deprived of by the concourse of strangers which continually crowded the house when you were with us."

SourceMartha Jefferson Randolph to Thomas Jefferson, January 31, 1801.