Washington Dec. 22. 07.
Your favor of Oct. 25. with the seed of the wild Estragon came to hand last night for which I now return you my thanks. the inclosed duplicate of my letter of Aug. 12. written from Monticello, will explain to you why your letter of Mar. 12. could not be answered until I returned to Monticello where I had left Parkyns’s designs of gardens, and that I then inclosed them to you with the letter. this package I put under cover to Govr. Claiborne, as well as I recollect, tho’ I say so from memory only. however the letter & Parkyns were then sent on by mail, and altho’ from Aug. 12. to Oct. 25. seems long for the letter to have been on it’s passage, yet when I observe that yours of Oct. 25. has been to Dec. 21. getting here, I have a hope that you recieved mine with Parkyns soon after the date of yours. should it have miscarried, it will give me the most sincere regret, as it cannot be replaced in this country, and the study & practice of his designs might have been the source of great pleasure to you in your retirement. I hope however you have recieved it, and that you are enjoying the pleasures of rural improvement, which, speaking from my own feelings, are the least chequered by the wayward occurrences of life. wishing you every possible felicity I salute you with great esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.