From James Barbour
Richmond March 16th 1812
The accompanying collection of garden Seeds was forwarded to me by Colo Larkin Smith of Norfolk. He suggested to me the necessity of sending them as Soon as possible as the time for Sowing them had, probably, arrived. Supposing the Stage both the safest and most expeditious conveyance I avail myself of that opportunity. I hope you will receive them in the time.
N B. Just as I had finished this note a waggon from Milton passed and I have confided the Seeds to him—R. Johnston.
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 21 Mar. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.