Thomas Jefferson Papers

George McIntosh to Thomas Jefferson, 4 March 1812

From George McIntosh

Norfolk March 4th 1812

Honoured sir

Mr James Ronaldson of Philadelphia being at this time in Scotland, has addressed to me, by the Ship Concordia from Leith, twelve Goose berry bushes—Six of which he requests me to forward to you, or to dispose of according to your orders—which on hearing from you, will give me great pleasure in performing —I am proud Sir, in being reconed amongst the list of your admirers and wishing you every enjoyment, and tranquility, in your retirement, will be the continued prayer of

Hond sir
your Sincere, obedt Humb Servant

George McIntosh

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Mar. 1812.

George McIntosh (1768–1863), a native of Scotland, was a dry-goods and hardware merchant and landowner in Norfolk. In 1860 his estate had an estimated value of $600,000 (George McIntosh family Bible [1979 typescript in Vi: Miscellaneous Bible Records Collection]; Simmons’s Norfolk Directory [Norfolk, 1801], 22; Thomas C. Parramore, Peter C. Stewart, and Tommy L. Bogger, Norfolk: The First Four Centuries [1994], 120–1, 129–30, 452–3n; Norfolk Commercial Register, 5 Nov. 1802; The Norfolk Directory [Norfolk, 1806], 23; Norfolk American Beacon and Commercial Diary, 26 Sept. 1817; Richmond Enquirer, 10 Apr. 1832, 29 Sept. 1835; DNA: RG 29, CS, Norfolk, 1850, 1860; Samuel S. Cobbs, “Burials in Cedar Grove and Elmwood Cemeteries Norfolk, Virginia” [1993 typescript at ViN], 3:14).

Index Entries

  • Concordia (ship) search
  • food; gooseberries search
  • gooseberries; plants sent to TJ search
  • McIntosh, George; forwards gooseberry bushes to TJ search
  • McIntosh, George; identified search
  • McIntosh, George; letters from search
  • plants; sent to TJ search
  • Ronaldson, James; sends plants to TJ search
  • Scotland; plants from search