Thomas Jefferson Papers

Christopher Clark to Thomas Jefferson, 20 March 1816

From Christopher Clark

Grove 20 march 16

Dear Sir,

The arrival of James this moment with the box to sow clover seed affords me much pleasure mingled with a little regret for fear this act of your kind attention may have given you too much trouble It has come in excellent time as we are deeply engaged in the Clover and Plaister System having laid in twenty five bushels of the seed of the former and three Ton of the latter about one half of which has been scattered in the common way using the box for the balance will afford a just standard to test the respective merit of the two different modes

I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you at the Forest during the next month untill which you will be pleasd to accept my best wishes for your health1 and happiness

Christopher Clark

RC (MHi); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esquire Monticello” by a “Servant”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Mar. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “heath.”

Index Entries

  • agriculture; implements of search
  • agriculture; use of gypsum in search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; letters from search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; plans to visit Poplar Forest search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; TJ sends box for sowing seed to search
  • clover; box search
  • clover; seed search
  • crops; clover search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); used as fertilizer search
  • James (C. Clark’s servant); delivers box of clover seed search