Washington Mar. 1. 1807.
I suppose Davy will set out tomorrow, and of course that he will hardly be back to Monticello before the 13th. in the mean time the season is advancing. I think therefore you had better take up the thorns in the Nursery, & plant them in the hedge of the South orchard as soon as the weather becomes favorable for it. the plants are to be every where 6. inches apart. a caution very strictly to be attended to is that when you take the plants out of the nursery, let the roots be exposed to the air as short a time & as little as possible. nothing is so fatal to a plant as the air getting at the root, and more than half the loss in transplanting is from that cause. mr Perry was wrong in saying I had blamed you about the building the cooper house & stable at the mill. there is not such an idea in my letter. the blame was all for himself which I thought was for any body. however he has given me such an explanation since as satisfies me as to him also. I expect to be at home about the 12th. or 13th. you will be so good as to lay in for us the provisions in fowls, muttons &c as has been usually done. mrs Randolph can advise you as to particulars. Accept my best wishes.
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.