James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 25 October 1819

To Thomas Jefferson

Montpellier Ocr. 25. 1819

Dear Sir

I recd. a few days ago the two inclosed letters one from Mr. Hackley,1 the other from the Botanical professor at Madrid:2 the latter accompanied by the three little pamphlets also inclosed, and by thirty specimens of wheat, with four of Barley, and between 2 & 300 papers of the seeds referred to as “rariom Horti Botan: Matritousis.” The Wheats & Barleys notwithstanding the numerous varieties, I will endeavor to have sowed. The Garden seeds which probably include many which would be very acceptable to a Botanical Professor at the University, if we had one, I am at a loss what to do with. I know not that I can do better with them, than to give you an opportunity of inspecting their names, and with the aid of Mr. Randolph, judging how far any of them ought to be kept for the University, and into what hands the others can best be disposed of. They are therefore herewith also inclosed. Be so good as to return the two letters. Mr Randolph perhaps may be willing to look into the pamphlets which he will best understand and appreciate. Affectionate respects

James Madison

RC (DLC). Docketed by Jefferson, “recd Oct. 29.” Enclosed pamphlets not identified.

2For Mariano la-Gasca y Segura to JM, 9 Apr. 1819, see ibid., and n. and n. 1.

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