Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Peter A. Guestier, 23 July 1815

To Peter A. Guestier

Montic[ello] July 23. 15.


I have to acknolege the reciept of your favor of the 12th and to thank you for your attention to the box of seeds. this is an annual present from the National garden of France to this country the disposal of which is confided to me. I will pray you therefore to forward it to [m]r Bernard McMahon gardener of Philadelphia, who will be most likely to disseminate the useful things the box contains. the stage would be the safest conveyance, if any passenger would so far aid this benevolent work as to take it under his care to Philadelphia. whatever expences you may have incurred by this charge shall be instantly remitted on your being so kind as to inform me of their amount. with my thanks be pleased to accept the assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; two words faint; at foot of text: “Mr Guestier”; endorsed by TJ.

André Thoüin sent the present of seeds.

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  • France; gardens in search
  • gardens; at Philadelphia search
  • gardens; Jardin des Plantes search
  • Guestier, Peter August; forwards seeds search
  • Guestier, Peter August; letter to search
  • Jardin des plantes et Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle; seeds from search
  • McMahon, Bernard; TJ sends seeds to search
  • Philadelphia; gardens in search
  • seeds; sent by TJ search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • Thoüin, André; sends seeds to TJ search