To Robert Bailey
Washington Oct. 10. 03.
I recieved lately from France a few grains of a wheat with a solid stem. as from this circumstance it will probably be proof against the Hessian fly I am dividing it among those who I think will take care of it. I send you a few grains, as also some seed of a cabbage said to grow 7. feet high, to put on several heads & reproduce them when cut off. this seems wonderful, but is worth seeing into. I also send seeds of the Alpine strawberry which in this country would yield about 8. months in the year. I hope you have been mindful of my commission of the last year, and that the seeds & plants then desired will all be prepared. about the 1st. day of the ensuing month we shall dispatch a ship to France, and I shall be very happy to send them by that opportunity without fail, as an opportunity from here at the exact season might never again happen. Accept my best wishes
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Bailey”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.