Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Bartram, 14 December 1786

From John Bartram

At My Garden Near Philad. December 14th 1786


I recievd Your favour of January 27 with Lennaeus Systema vegetabilium ⅌ favour Mr. Bingham which I acknowledg as a perticular favour—pleas to Excep of My harty thanks. I have Made frequent enquirey after vessels Bound to the Ports Mentionen in Your Letter without Success. I Conclude its Not Prudent to Send a Large quantity as I dont know of any Convenient opertunity at this time. I have pact up a small Box of Seeds pleas to Except of as a present. From Your Asured. Friend to Serve,

John Bartram

N.B. Catalogue of Seeds is Naild up in the box as I thought it the Safest way. Dear Sir if You should have any orders for American Seeds or plants for the future I shall Chearfully Comply, if opertunity will permit.

RC (MHi); endorsed. Noted in SJL as received 26 Aug. 1787; it was enclosed in Hopkinson to TJ, 8 July 1787.

There is in MHi a two-page MS endorsed by TJ “Bartram” and listing

over two hundred plants, entitled: “Catalogue Seeds of American Forest Trees, Shrubs and Herbacious Plants.” This may have been the catalogue of seeds that Bartram Naild up in the box.

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