To William Fleming
Monticello Nov. 28. 09.
I have recieved safely the extraordinary rattle of the rattle snake, as also the1 foliage of the Alleghaney Martagon. a plant of so much beauty & fragrance will be a valuable addition to our flower gardens. should you find your roots of it I shall be very thankful to participate of them, and will carefully return you a new stock should my part succeed & yours fail. accept the assurances of my constant friendship & respect.
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “The honble Judge Fleming”; endorsed by TJ.
1. TJ here canceled “leav.”