Philadelphia July 12th. 1806.
My being from home a few weeks in pursuit of plants and seeds, was the cause of my not acknowledgeing sooner, the favour you were pleased to confer, in sending me the quarantine corn, which, I have no doubt, will become a valuable acquisition: it was sown, in my absence, on the 25th. ulto. and is now about 20 inches high.
I take the liberty of requesting your acceptance of a few Tulip roots, the bloom of which I hope will give you satisfaction: they may remain in the state I send them till October, and be then planted as directed in page 528 of my book. I sincerely wish and solicit the favour of your pointing out to me how I can oblige you.
I am desirous to know if the Tarragon plants have succeeded, as, if necessary, I will send you a further supply.
Prefixed to the names of the Tulips you will find the following marks, significant of the Florist’s divisions of the family; Bz signifies the flower to belong to the Bizards, B. to the Bybloemens, I. to the Incomparable Verports, R. to Baguet Rigauts, r. to the Rose coloured or Cherry, & P. to the Primo Baguets.
I have the happiness of being Sir, Most respectfully, Your sincere wellwisher.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.