Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard McMahon to Thomas Jefferson, 23 September 1812

From Bernard McMahon

Philadelphia 23rd Septr 1812

Dear Sir.

I herewith send you a small box containing1 6 Dwarf Persian Iris, 12 Cloth of Gold Crocus 6 Iris Xiphium, 6 Iris Xiphium a new & fine variety, 12 Double Persian Ranunculuses; with the seeds of some very superior Impatience Balsamina, Red Antwerp Raspberry & Centaurea macrocephala, as a part of a collection to be forwarded in a few days for your acceptance, by Sir,

Your sincere wellwisher

Bernd McMahon

P.S. I am happy to inform you that my little business enables me to progress, in my line, in a ratio somewhat greater than I at first expected.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Sept. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ had planted the red antwerp raspberry as early as 1798, but it apparently did not grow well at Monticello (Hatch, Fruit Trees description begins Peter Hatch, Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello, 1998 description ends , 178).

1Manuscript: “conaining.”

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