Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Hosack, 18 February 1818

To David Hosack

Monticello Feb. 18. 18.


I recieved some time ago from M. Thouin, Director of the Botanical or King’s garden at Paris, a box containing an assortment of seeds, Non-American, and therefore presumably acceptable to the American botanist. finding it more and more necessary to abridge the catalogue of my cares, this is among [that?] which I have struck from it. I have therefore this day sent the1 box to Richmond to the care of Capt Peyton of that place, [to] be forwarded to you for the use of the Botanical [ga]rd[en of] N. York, to which I presume the assortment may be ac[ceptab]le, for I have not opened it nor do I know it’s particular [conten]ts—I am happy in this disposition of it to fulfill the [. . .] intentions of the donor, and to make it useful to y[ou]r institution, and pray you to accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Bernard Peyton to TJ; ink stained and damaged at seal; at foot of text: “Dr Hosack”; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “tt.”

Index Entries

  • Elgin Botanic Garden (New York City) search
  • France; gardens in search
  • gardens; in New York City search
  • gardens; Jardin des Plantes search
  • Hosack, David; and Elgin Botanic Garden search
  • Hosack, David; letters to search
  • Hosack, David; TJ sends seeds to search
  • Jardin des plantes et Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle; seeds from search
  • New York (city); Elgin Botanic Garden search
  • Peyton, Bernard; as merchant search
  • seeds; for Elgin Botanic Garden search
  • seeds; sent by TJ search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • Thoüin, André; sends seeds to TJ search