Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Clarke, 15 August 1821

powhatan Augt 15th 1821

Dear Sir

Inclosed, I send you a small sample of the cotton, and the coffee, which grows Spontaneously on that part of the coast of Africa now colonising with the free people of Colour from America. It was sent to Richmond by one of the first adventurers from Virginia

He writes, the country is remarkably healthy and the soil extremely fertile—It gives me a pleasing hope, that we shall, in time, get rid of that unfortunate discription of people, and they be placed in a much happier situation than they are here—and that it will open a door to many slave holders who wish to emancipate their slaves—

I am extremely glad to learn that your health has very much improved since I had the pleasure of seing last

Be pleased to accept the highest respt of Your Obedt Servt

James Clarke

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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