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Robert Greenway to Thomas Jefferson, 20 March 1821

From Robert Greenway

Dinwiddie March 20. 1821.—

Dr sir,

I herewith transmit you the Manuscript & Hortus Siccus of my Father; which, I am sorry to say, several unavoidable accidents have prevented my doing at an earlier date. The manuscript was sent early in the winter of ’19, but after being taken as far as Richmd & remaining there for several months, was unexpectedly, owing to some misunderstanding, returned to me.

After you shall have come to a determination, (as I leave it entirely discretionary with you) I should like to hear what disposition you intend making of it.—

Accept, Sir, the acknowledgment of my sincere regret for the delay which has taken place & consider me with sentiments of the greatest esteem & respect—

Your Obt Servt

Robt Greenway

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Apr. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

Robert Greenway (1780–1837), planter, was a son of the botanist James Greenway. A native of Dinwiddie County, he inherited his father’s plantations and mill. At his death Greenway owned personal property valued at $33,864, including sixty-eight slaves (Dinwiddie Co. Will Book, 2:194–5, 346–51; Richmond Whig and Public Advertiser, 5 Dec. 1837; gravestone inscription in Greenway Cemetery, Dinwiddie Co.).

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