Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard McMahon, 30 May 1813

To Bernard McMahon

Monticello May 30. 13.

Dear Sir

I just now recieve information from my old friend Thouïn of the national garden of Paris that he has sent me a box of seeds of 270. kinds of trees of every sort for either use or ornament.

this box, mr Warden informs me, he sends by mr Breuil of the schooner Bellona, bound to Philadelphia. if you will be so good as to watch the arrival of this vessel, perhaps already arrived, this letter may suffice to authorise the delivery of it by Mr Breuil to you, to whom I should send it were it to come here, as being the best mode of fulfilling the intentions of the benevolent giver. if you could make up a collection of the seeds of the plants brought to us by Governor Lewis from beyond the Missisipi, it would be a just and grateful return which M. Thouïn merits at our hands. he expresses to me a great desire for the plants of the region beyond the Missisipi. if within the reasonable compass of the mail, it will come safest to me thro’ that. if larger, the stage is a good conveyance if a passenger can be found who will take charge of it. such opportunities to Richmond must be almost daily with you, and if addressed to Messrs Gibson & Jefferson there it will come safely to me. Accept the assurances of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Mrs. M. L. Hermanos, New York City, 1946); at foot of text: “Mr Bernard McMahon.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Bellona (schooner) search
  • Breuil, Mr. search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and seeds acquired by TJ search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; seeds brought by from the West search
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition; seeds from search
  • McMahon, Bernard; and seeds of Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • McMahon, Bernard; letters to search
  • McMahon, Bernard; TJ sends seeds to search
  • seeds; brought from the West by M. Lewis search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • Thoüin, André; requests assistance in procuring seeds search
  • Thoüin, André; sends seeds to TJ search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends seeds to TJ search