Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Prince, 6 July 1791

To William Prince

Philadelphia July 6. 1791.


When I was at your house in June I left with you a note to furnish me with the following trees, to wit

Sugar maples. All you have.

bush cranberries. All you have.

  •  3. balsam poplars
  •  6. Venetian sumachs.
  • 12. Burée pears.

To these I must now desire you to add the following; the names of which I take from your catalogue, to wit

  •  6. Brignola plumbs.
  • 12. apricots. I leave to you to fix on three or four of the best kinds, making in the whole 12 trees.
  •  6. red Roman nectarines.
  •  6. yellow Roman nectarines
  •  6. green nutmeg peaches.
  •  6. large yellow clingstone peaches ripening Oct. 15.
  • 12. Spitzenberg apples. I leave to you to decide on the best kind, as I would chuse to have only one kind.
  •  6. of the very earliest apples you have.
  •  Roses. Moss Provence. Yellow. Rosa mundi. Large Provence.
    • The monthly. The white damask. The primrose. Musk rose.
    • Cinnamon rose. Thornless rose. 3 of each, making in all 30.
  •  3. Hemlock spruce firs.
  •  3. large silver firs
  •  3. balm of Gilead firs.
  •  6 monthly honey suckles.
  •  3 Carolina kidney bean trees with purple flowers.
  •  3. balsam of Peru.
  •  6. yellow willows.
  •  6. Rhododendrons.
  • 12. Madeira nuts.
  • […] fill-buds.

According to your estimate and the prices in your catalogue these will be covered by 30. dollars which sum you will recieve herewith. I must trouble you to send them yourself to Richmond, addressed to the care of Mr. James Brown merchant of that place, who will recieve them and pay freight &c. Send them to no other port of that country for I shall never get them, and there are vessels going from New York to Richmond very frequently. Be so good as to forward them as soon as the season will admit. I am Sir your very humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Wm. Prince, at Flushing landing Long isld.”

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