Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Threlkeld, 26 March 1807

Washington Mar. 26. 07.


I thank you for the kind offer of the trees mentioned in your letter of yesterday. the Peach Apricot which you saw at Hepburn’s was lost on the road: but I recieved with it from Italy at the same time a supply of the stones of the same fruit, which are planted at Monticello, and from which I hope to raise some trees, tho’ as yet I do not know their success. should these fail I will avail myself of your kind offer the next fall or spring. the two peach trees you propose will be very acceptable at the same time. I am endeavoring to make a collection of the choicest kinds of peaches for Monticello. presuming you are attached to the culture of trees, I take the liberty of sending you some Paccan nuts; which being of the last years growth recieved from New Orleans, will probably grow. they are a very fine nut, and succeed well in this climate. they require rich land. between the two lobes of the kernel there is a thin pellicle, excessively austere & bitter, which it is necessary to take out before eating the nut. Accept my salutations & assurances of respect.

Th: Jefferson


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