Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Robert Bailey, 10 October 1803

To Robert Bailey

Washington Oct. 10. 03.

Dear Sir

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

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Bailey”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

For TJ’s receipt of grains of wheat and cabbage seeds, see J. P. P. Derieux to TJ, 7 Sep. TJ had enlisted Bailey’s help in his commission to supply seeds to Madame de Tessé (Vol. 39:125-6).

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