Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Skipwith, 17 April 1810

To Henry Skipwith

Monticello Apr. 17. 10.

Dear Sir

Overhauling my seeds reminded me that I was to send you some Millet seed. it is now inclosed. put it into drills 3. or 4.f. apart so that you may conveniently plough it, and the stalks at 6.I. distance in the drill. it is planted immediately after cornplanting, say in May. it is to be used for the table as homony, boiled or fried, needs neither husking nor beating, & boils in about two hours. it is believed here it will yield 100. bushels to the acre. I shall have some acres of it this year. always affectionately yours.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DNAL: Thomas Jefferson Correspondence, Bixby Donation); at foot of text: “Colo Skipwith”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • crops; millet search
  • food; millet search
  • millet search
  • seeds; millet search
  • Skipwith, Henry (TJ’s brother-in-law); letters to search
  • Skipwith, Henry (TJ’s brother-in-law); TJ sends millet seed to search