Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Bartram, Jr., 5 April 1802

To John Bartram, Jr.

Washington Apr. 5. 1802.

Dear Sir

I am desired on the part of the Agricultural society of Paris to put the inclosed list of seeds, which they want, into the hands of some person who can be relied on to furnish them genuine and fresh. I ask this favor of you. they would wish to recieve them in autumn, or as early in the next winter as possible. as soon therefore as the season has admitted the whole to be saved, or as many as can be got, I will thank you to have them packed in a secure box, and to drop me a line by post at this place1 informing me they are ready, and sending me your bill. I will immediately have that paid, and direct a person to call on you & recieve the box. I will thank you to let me know whether you recieve this letter, and can undertake to execute it. Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “John Bartram”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not found.

William Short had forwarded the request and the LIST OF SEEDS in his letter of 23 Jan., which TJ received on 4 Apr.

1Preceding three words interlined.

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