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Thomas Jefferson to Bernard McMahon, 15 June 1813

To Bernard McMahon

Monticello June 15. 13

Dear Sir

I have just recieved some Capsicum of the province of Techas, where it is indigenous as far Eastwardly as the Sabine river. it’s roots are perennial there, and it is believed it will stand our frosts with a little covering. it grows in great abundance there and the inhabitants are in the habit of using it as a seasoning for every thing as freely as salt, and ascribe much of their health to it. the other kinds cultivated with us, coming from still warmer climates are difficult of cultivation. my expectation is that this being indigenous so much nearer our latitudes, may be easier raised. of what I recieved I send you a part. altho’ probably too late for the season, I have sowed a few seeds in a pot, and reserve others for the spring. they will be more likely however to be preserved in your hands. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I hope you have recieved the box of seed

PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

TJ was enquiring about the box of seed that André Thoüin reported having sent care of David Bailie Warden in his letter of 15 Mar. 1813.

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