Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard McMahon, 11 October 1812

To Bernard McMahon

Monticello Oct. 11. 12.

Dear Sir

Your three boxes with flower roots are all safely arrived & carefully disposed of, for which accept my particular thanks. the articles recieved in the spring by mr Gilmer have been remarkably succesful. one only of the cuttings of the Snowberry failed. the rest are now very flourishing and shew some of the most beautiful berries I have ever seen. the sweet scented currant, the yellow currant, the red gooseberries and Hudson strawberries are all flourishing. I recieved from the National garden of France a box of seeds, which came too late for use this year; and no opportunity has occurred of a passenger going in the stage to Philadelphia to whom I could confide them. but a medical student will be going from this neighborhood at the commencement of the next1 lectures by whom I will forward them to you: and as they are seeds of 1811. I presume they will generally succeed the next season. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi: Charles Edward French Autograph Collection); at foot of text: “Mr McMahon.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • currants; sweet-scented search
  • currants; yellow search
  • Gilmer, Harmer; and plants from Philadelphia search
  • gooseberries; at Monticello search
  • Hudson strawberry search
  • Jardin des plantes et Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle; seeds from search
  • McMahon, Bernard; forwards seeds from A. Thoüin search
  • McMahon, Bernard; letters to search
  • snowberry search
  • strawberries; Hudson search
  • sweet-scented currants search
  • Thoüin, André; sends seeds to TJ search
  • yellow currants search