Thomas Jefferson Papers

Isaac A. Coles to Thomas Jefferson, 11 October 1814

From Isaac A. Coles

Enniscorthy Oct: 11th 1814.

Dr Sir,

I send you by the Bearer the wild Orange of South Carolina—It grows in the middle & upper parts of the State, is Said to be a very hardy tree, & one of the Most beautiful in the world—I am induced to beleive from the account I have received of it, that it will do well in our climate—.

mrs Singleton from whom I received it, is very desirous of getting a few plants of the Marseilles Fig to Carry back with her to Carolina, where it is not known at all, & where the climate will Suit it So well—you will oblige me much by sending a few Plants1 by the Servant—

The Enemy having left the Chesapeake I propose to Spend a week with my friends, & mean to visit Monticello before my return—with Sincere respectful attachment

I am ever yr obdt Servt

I. A. Coles

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Oct. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

mrs singleton was probably Coles’s sister Rebecca Coles Singleton (William B. Coles, The Coles Family of Virginia [1931], 52, 111).

1Word interlined.

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