New York 5th April 1819—
Your letter of 8th March covering one to M. De la Fayette was received in due course.
It is a singular circumstance that so long time should have elapsed and no Vessel bound to Havre; or any port in France.
The first proper opportunity that has presented, was Capt Thomas B. Vermilge (of the Brig Pedler) on Saturday last; I have his promise to deliver it in Person, to the Marquis, if he goes to Paris. if not, to hand it to Mr Beasley Consul at Havre, with written instructions, It being a long time since I had heard from you and wishing to know how you enjoyed your health, I had written, the day I received your note to enquire which on reciept of your’s was not such.
I received a few days ago from a friend at Marseilles, a few water melon seeds of the growth of Tripoli of an Extraordinary character, I enclose six. I give you his words—“The fruit is remarkable for its golden colour, immense size, and delicate flavor, to be planted one seed only in a place.”
It always gives me pleasure to hear from you. I devoutly wish a continuance of your health and every happiness, my services you have a right at all times to command, being very sincerely and truly your’s
MHi: Coolidge Collection.