Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Peter Legaux, 1 April 1802

To Peter Legaux

Washington Apr. 1. 1802.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Legaux, and acknoleges the reciept of his letter of Mar. 1. and of the bundle of vine plants which are this moment come to hand. for these he prays mr Legaux to accept his thanks. they will be immediately forwarded to Monticello, but as they will be a month getting there, he is afraid the season may be a little ahead of them. they shall however be well taken care of. he tenders to mr Legaux his friendly salutations.

RC (NjP: Andre De Coppet Collection).

Legaux’s LETTER, dated 1 Mch. 1802 and received on the 19th, is recorded in SJL but has not been found. He wrote from Spring Mill, his estate on the Schuylkill River (Vol. 30:42n).

BUNDLE OF VINE PLANTS: Legaux sent TJ 30 vines of grape varieties from the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France and 30 from Bordeaux. Ten additional plants were of what Legaux called the Cape of Good Hope grape, which has subsequently been identified as the Alexander grape of American origin. On 11 May, TJ paid Antonio Giannini $1 for planting the vines in the southwest vineyard at Monticello. Legaux had offered vines to TJ in March 1801, but due to the lateness of the season TJ asked him to wait until 1802 to send them (Betts, Garden Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book, 1766–1824, Philadelphia, 1944 description ends , 277; MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1072; RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004–, 6 vols. description ends , 4:524, 525n; Vol. 33:430–1).

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