Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Drayton, 6 February 1787

To William Drayton

Paris Feb. 6. 1787.


I had the honour of addressing you on the 6th. of May last by Mr. McQuin, and of sending you by the same gentleman some seed of the Sulla, or Spanish St. foin. I hope it has succeeded, as some seeds of the same parcel which I sowed in my garden have vegetated well and gave me an opportunity of seeing that it is a most luxuriant grass. It’s success in the climate of Malta seems to ensure it with you. The present serves to inform you that I send with it, to the care of your delegates in Congress, some acorns of the Cork oak. I am told they must not be covered above two inches deep. Their being pierced by the worm will not affect their power of vegetating. I am just setting out on a journey to the South of France. Should any objects present themselves in the course of my journey which may promise to forward the views of the society, I shall with great pleasure avail you of them, and take every possible occasion of assuring you of the sentiments of esteem & respect with which I have the honour to be Sir Your most obedt. & most humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Wm. Henry Drayton esq.”; entry in SJL under this date also shows that the letter was addressed to “Drayton W.H.” TJ erred in this: his letter of the 6th. of May last had been correctly sent to William Drayton (1732–1790), chief justice of South Carolina and double first cousin of William Henry Drayton, who had died in 1779.

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