Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert B. Sthreshly to Thomas Jefferson, 24 February 1817

From Robert B. Sthreshly

Henderson Kentuckey Feby 24. 1817

Dear Sir

Mr Larkin Towles the bearer of this a Gentleman of respectability who has been living in the Neighbourhood being pleased with the Country returns for the purpose of Moving out in the spring & it being a good oportunity Mrs Sthreshly has written to the Ladies to collect & send her out Some Garden Seed Flower Roots & shrubs1 & in addition to which will you be good enough to send me some sprout Kale Seed any attention you may shew Mr Towles will be an obligation2 on myself

I stoped here November last in consiquence of the cold weather seting in being much pleased with the country I have purchased land within three Miles of the Town of Henderson in a healthy part of the Country at 3 Dollars per acree which had you such in Albermarle would be worth from $60 to $100 per acree but the Labor of opening them is Very great

I am Dear Sir with the highest Esteem your Friend

Robert B Sthreshly

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 29 Aug. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

Larkin Smith Towles (1796–1829) was the son of Thomas Towles. The father represented Spotsylvania County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1782–85. The younger Towles died in Bourbon County, Kentucky (“The Towles Family,” VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893–  description ends 8 [1901]: 428; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 147, 151, 155).

1Manuscript: “srubs.”

2Manuscript: “oblition.”

Index Entries

  • food; kale, sprout search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • kale; sprout search
  • Kentucky; land prices in search
  • seeds; kale, sprout search
  • seeds; sent by TJ search
  • Sthreshly, Amelia Magruder (Robert B. Sthreshly’s wife) search
  • Sthreshly, Robert B.; introduces L. S. Towles to TJ search
  • Sthreshly, Robert B.; letter from search
  • Sthreshly, Robert B.; property of search
  • Towles, Larkin Smith; identified search
  • Towles, Larkin Smith; introduced to TJ search