Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, 29 July 1804

Monticello July 29. 04.

Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to Mr. Rafinesque and his thanks for the seeds forwarded to him by post. he is sorry it is not in his power to give him any information that might assist in his purpose of botanizing in this state. he has been so long engaged by pursuits of a different nature that his familiarity with subjects of botany is lost, and the results of that science very much weakened in his memory. should Mr. Rafinesques pursuit lead him to this part of the country, Th:J. would be happy to recieve him at Monticello, and to recommend him to better botanical counsellors than himself.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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