To Robert Bailey
Washington Oct. 19. 1803.
A gentleman here has given me 40. Balsam poplars to send to Monticello, and mr Randolph’s servant, who was to have returned tomorrow, will be detained till the next day, to carry them. as I set much store by these trees which I have been a long time trying to get to Monticello, I wish them to be carefully taken up & packed in bundles for safe transportation. if it would suit you to come tomorrow morning & take them up & bundle them properly for the journey, it would oblige me, besides satisfactory compensation. I shall also be glad to recieve the box for France, as the vessel will sail in a week. Accept my best wishes & salutations.
PrC (MHi); in ink at foot of text: “Mr. Bailey”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
mr randolph’s servant: TJ recorded in his financial memoranda giving Davy Bowles two dollars “to take care of trees” on 21 Oct. (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 , 2:1110).