From William Prince
Flushing Novr. 8th 1791
Bot. of Wm. Prince—
The following trees—
|Given in No. 33—1||Lemon Clingstone|
|the largest & best of Peaches—|
The above trees are in four Bundles
some cuttings of Yellow Willow
tyed to one of the Bundles of trees—
RC (DLC); noted by Prince on verso: “List of trees for Mr. Jefferson Care of Mr. James Brown Mercht. Richmond”; recorded in SJL as received 24 Nov. 1791 but erroneously indicated as written 22 Nov. 1791.
At the time TJ ordered these trees (see TJ to Prince, 6 July 1791), he prepared a working list, on the back of which he penned planting instructions. He anticipated receiving 80 sugar maples and noted that they should be planted at Monticello “below lower Roundabout at N. End. 30 f. apart.” The fruit trees were “to be planted in the vacant places of the same kind of fruit trees in the orchard. Where there are no vacancies of the same kind, they may be planted in those of any other kind.” The madeira walnuts he wanted “among the trees on the S.W. slope of the hill from the kitchen towards the grove, or in open places in the grove.” Fir trees were to be planted “in a clump in a vacant space of the grove where I have planted some lilacs.” He wanted the balsam poplars, yellow willows, and Carolina kidney bean (which Prince failed to send) trees placed “in the vacancies of the 4 clumps at the corners of the house or round the level or on the S.W. slope.” Sumacs and rhododendrons should be “among the clumps of trees, or on the slope”; bush cranberries “in a row next above the vines”; filberts “in the room of the square of figs, which may be dug up”; all the roses “round the clumps of lilacs in front of the house”; and the honey suckle “at the roots of the weeping willows” (MS from Roger W. Barrett, Kenilworth, Illinois, 1947).