From Levin Gale
Chesapeake Md March 30th 1816
I received some time ago a letter from Major John Adlum near George Town D.C. requesting me to forward you some cuttings of a particular grape which we origanally got from him. The same day this goes by the mail there will be put in the stage a box containing 150 cuttings of the kind mentioned Directed to you to the Care of Mr Wm F Gray Fredrecksburgh Virginia—I have to apologise for not complying sooner with his request but being from home at the time his letter reached this together with other circumstances prevented attending to his request with the alacrity I could have wished—Should you wish more cuttings next year shall be happy to forward them and regret that our vines from neglect furnished so few.
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 9 Apr. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John F. Dumoulin, 7 May 1816, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire late President—U.S. Monticello ______ County Virginia” by “Mail”; stamped; franked; postmarked Chesapeake, 3 Apr., and Washington, 5 Apr.
Levin Gale (1784–1834), attorney and public official, served in the Maryland state senate, 1816–21, and he represented Cecil, Harford, and Kent counties in the United States House of Representatives, 1827–29. In the latter year he was appointed a director of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company, and in 1834 he joined a committee charged with superintending the interests of creditors of the Bank of Maryland. He died at his home near Elkton in Cecil County (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–Present, online resource, Office of the Clerk, United States House of Representatives description ends ; Papenfuse, Maryland Public Officials description begins Edward C. Papenfuse and others, eds., An Historical List of Public Officials of Maryland, 1990– , 1 vol. description ends , 1:40, 354; Baltimore Patriot & Mercantile Advertiser, 5 Oct. 1826, 31 Oct. 1829, 2 Apr., 23 Aug. 1834).