Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Isaac A. Coles, 7 May 1817

To Isaac A. Coles

Monticello May 7. 17.

[Dea]r Sir

Have you any orchard grass seed left? or have your brothers any? I want about a bushel to finish a grass lot now prepared for it, [an]d should be very thankful for that much.—I looked for you at court [to] invite you to come and see mrs Madison & mr Madison, but could not [fin]d you. I thought too you ought not to need an invitation to come here or to see them. Appleton of Leghorn has sent me some grass seed (arrived [at?] Boston) which he calls Lupinella, of which he gives a very high account as to produce 6000 ℔ in the ground which requires 2. bushels of wheat when sown in wheat. when I recieve it I shall wish to distribute it among careful farmers, in which number I count you. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; some text lost along left margin due to polygraph misalignment, with one word rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Colo Coles”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County Court, Va. search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and seeds for TJ search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; and seeds search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; family of search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; letters to search
  • grass; orchard search
  • Madison, Dolley Payne Todd (James Madison’s wife); visits Monticello search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); visits Monticello search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); grass at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Madison, Dolley and James search
  • orchard grass; seeds search
  • sainfoin search
  • seeds; orchard grass search
  • seeds; sainfoin search