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William Fleming to Thomas Jefferson, 9 November 1809

From William Fleming

Richmond, 9th Novr 1809.

Dear sir,

I send you by mail the rattle of a snake which capt Mann, who presented it to me, said was six feet and a half long; and, from the length of the rattle, I have no doubt but his information was correct: tho’ I do not recollect ever to have seen one more than four feet.—

Inclosed you have a lily of the Allegheny mountain; but it is so much withered as to have lost its fragrance: and I much regret that the roots I brought down have been mislaid, or would have sent you a few of them also. If they should be found they shall be sent by a future opportunity.

Pray present me very respectfully to mr Randolph his lady & family; and accept the assurance of my highest respect and esteem.

Wm Fleming.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 22 Nov. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

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