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David Gelston to Thomas Jefferson, 21 April 1814

From David Gelston

New York 21st April 1814—

Dear Sir,

Perceiving by your note of the 3d instant, that, the seeds I sent to you may be more useful than I had contemplated, and having plenty on hand, which are of the same species, but were taken from a pumpkin of a smaller growth, I do my self the pleasure, to enclose a further supply,

I will just mention, that I have observed the greatest growth in a potatoe patch of strong new ground, and it appeared to me the moisture of the ground under the potatoe vines contributed greatly to the growth of the plant, a single seed in the situation here described, produced more than in any other way, without apparently injuring the crop of potatoes.—

very sincerely & truly your’s

David Gelston

RC (MHi): at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Apr. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

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