To William D. Meriwether
Monticello Mar. 14. 10.
The bearer now comes for the trees you have taken care of for me, that is to say, my half of them. where there is only a single one of a kind, do not risk the taking it up. a graft from it another year will do as well for me. be so good as to have the roots of those sent well wrapt in straw to keep the cold air from them.
I have some claim on Governor Lewis’s estate for monies furnished him some time before he set out on his Western expedition. I do not recollect it’s amount, having never looked into it since that time but I have a loose idea of somewhere about 100.D. I have no doubt you will find it stated among his papers. I mention it at present merely for your information, and leave it to the convenience of the estate. I am Dr Sir
PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Capt W. D. Meriwether”; endorsed by TJ.
On 24 Nov. 1807 TJ sent Meriwether from Washington, D.C., “according to our arrangement,” six Italian peach apricot trees, two Bordeaux apricot trees, two French peach trees, and about one hundred pecans for planting (MHi). On 23 June 1803 Meriwether Lewis gave TJ a promissory note for $103.93 for monies furnished him. On his copy TJ later noted that, after taking both interest and the disbursements made for him into account, Lewis owed him $108.04 as of 1 Aug. 1807 (MHi).
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