Thomas Jefferson Papers

Memorandum from Eli Alexander, [1794–1795?]

Memorandum from Eli Alexander


A Method for preparing buck wheat for table use first to fan it out from the chaff and then tak it and put it into a bag and tramp it well then Run it through the fan the second time then grind it Seperate from the Corne then put one forth Corne Meal and bolt it together and it is fit for use.

Eli Alexander

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 235: 42204); possibly in Alexander’s hand; undated, but probably belonging to the period when he was overseer at Shadwell and Lego; endorsed by TJ: “Recipe Buck wheat.”

For other advice from Alexander about buck wheat apparently also dating from his term as overseer of Shadwell, see Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, Princeton, 1953 description ends , 81.

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