To Richard Fitzhugh
Monticello Apr. 25. 13.
I have unluckily got out of the Ravensworth pea, which I value so highly as to wish to recover it. I am in hopes you are able to supply me with a little. a few peas quilted into a peice of cloth, so as to lie flat, of the size and form of a letter, and inclosed in a paper cover and directed to me as a letter by mail will be sufficient to put me in seed by another year.
I inclose you the seeds of a very valuable garden vegetable which I recieved from France 2. or 3. years ago, it is called the Sprout Kale. it is sowed and transplanted as other Kale or Cabbages, and about the beginning of December it begins to furnish sprouts, and will furnish 3. crops of them thro the winter; so abundantly that a few plants will give a dish every day. it stands our winter perfectly without cover.
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Richard Fitzhugh esquire”; endorsed by TJ.
Richard Fitzhugh (1766–1821) lived on a portion of the Ravensworth tract in northern Virginia. TJ occasionally lodged with him or his brother Nicholas Fitzhugh during his trips to and from Washington. At his death Richard Fitzhugh’s personal estate was valued in excess of $10,000 and included forty-eight slaves (Stella Pickett Hardy, Colonial Families of the Southern States of America, 2d ed. [1958; repr. 1981], 227; Nan Netherton and others, Fairfax County, Virginia: A History , 161–3; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , esp. 2:1071–2n; TJ to Fitzhugh, 10 May 1805 [MHi]; Fairfax Co. Will Book, M1:240–1, 246–7).
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