Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Clay, 12 November 1814

To Charles Clay

Pop. For. Nov. 12. 14.

Th:J to mr Clay

I propose to set out tomorrow if ready, or certainly next day, and therefore send the bearer for the Cape of my coat.

I recollect an opportunity I shall have of sending for your spectacles by a gentleman going to Philadelphia. I charge myself therefore with that commission. perhaps by writing myself to McAlister he may pay more attention to the quality.

The wild-rye seed you gave me before was sowed in a place to which the sheep had access & they destroyed it. if you will give me some now I will sow it within an inclosure, as I am desirous of trying it. the bearer brings a small bag.1 health and happiness to you.

RC (on deposit ViHi); dateline at foot of text. Not recorded in SJL.

The gentleman going to philadelphia was probably Francis W. Gilmer. For the gift of wild-rye seed, see Clay to TJ, 5 Sept. 1810.

1Sentence interlined, with caret mistakenly placed in front of the period at the close of the preceding sentence.

Index Entries

  • Clay, Charles; and TJ’s coat search
  • Clay, Charles; eyeglasses for search
  • Clay, Charles; letters to search
  • Clay, Charles; sends seeds to TJ search
  • clothing; coats search
  • coats; capes search
  • eyeglasses search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; visit to Philadelphia of search
  • household articles; eyeglasses search
  • McAllister, John (1753–1830); and eyeglasses search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); sheep at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • rye; seed search
  • seeds; rye, hay search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • sheep; at Poplar Forest search