To John Campbell White
Monticello Aug. 24. 16.
Th: Jefferson presents his salutations and respects to mr White with his thanks for the Persian melon seed he has been so kind as to send him. he will endeavor to do it justice by his attentions, and especially to disperse it among his most careful acquaintances. it is by multiplying the good things of life that the mass of human happiness is increased, and the greatest of consolations to have contributed to it.
RC (MdHi: White Papers); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr John Campbell White Baltimore”; franked; postmarked Milton, 28 Aug.; endorsed by White as received 1 Sept. 1816. PoC (DNAL: Thomas Jefferson Correspondence, Bixby Donation); on verso of reused address cover of Francis Adrian Van der Kemp to TJ, 4 June 1816; endorsed by TJ.