Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Louis H. Girardin, 31 March 1813

To Louis H. Girardin

Mar. 31: 13.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Girardin & is sorry he cannot furnish him the Early York cabbage seed. he has ceased to cultivate it because the seed cannot be raised in this country. he sends him some green curled Savoy cabbage, the only kind he has. he sends him also some Malta Kale which he recieved from that island and finds preferable to either the Scotch or Delaware Kales. he sends him some Sprout Kale which he got from his friend Thouin, & is the most precious winter vegetable he knows. likewise Red Haricots which he recieved from M. Thouin, very delicate. he adds the best kind of Snap he has ever seen in this country; Long Haricots sent him from Georgia, very delicious and a sowing of Ledman’s Dwarf peas from Philadelphia which he thinks the very best of all the kinds of latter peas. it may be of some avail to mr Girardin to know that mr Price his neighbor of Milton is the best gardener of this neighborhood, is the most curious in cultivating the best species always, is a very kind honest man, and may be able to furnish mr Gerardin many kinds of seeds. if there are any other kinds in Th:J’s stock which mr Girardin may need, they will be at his service. he salutes him with esteem & respect

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr Girardin.” Not recorded in SJL.

On this date TJ also recorded a payment of $3.50 to William McClure to settle a debt owed to Mary C. Oglesby (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1287). On 16 Dec. 1812 Oglesby had written to McClure’s wife that “I will thank you to send me the money for weaveing your Cloth, the sum is 21/ I am in want of it at this time” (RC in MoSHi: TJC-BC; written on a small scrap; endorsed by TJ: “Oglesby Mary C. 3.50 Mar. 31. 13. pd to mr Mclure”).

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; cloth factory in search
  • beans; haricots search
  • beans; snap search
  • cabbage; seed search
  • food; haricots search
  • food; kale, sprout search
  • food; peas search
  • food; snap beans search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters to search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; TJ sends seeds to search
  • kale; seed search
  • kale; sprout search
  • manufacturing, household; Albemarle Co. cloth factory search
  • McClure (McLure), Mrs. (William McClure’s wife); and Albemarle Co. cloth factory search
  • McClure (McLure), William; and Albemarle Co. cloth factory search
  • Oglesby, Mary C. search
  • peas; TJ sends seeds search
  • Price, Richard (of Milton); as gardener search
  • seeds; bean search
  • seeds; cabbage search
  • seeds; kale search
  • seeds; kale, sprout search
  • seeds; pea search
  • seeds; sent by TJ search
  • snap beans search
  • Thoüin, André; sends seeds to TJ search