Thomas Jefferson Papers

José Corrêa da Serra to Thomas Jefferson, 10 April 1818

From José Corrêa da Serra

Norfolk 10th of April. 1818.

Dear Sir

As i shall most probably very soon take a northern direction, which is pointed to me by what i have to do, i will in consequence be deprived of the pleasure i promised to myself of paying you in May the annual tribute of my personal respects; my pilgrimage to Monticello i must transfer to the autumnal months. But the American born Marrons would lose the season of being sown, and i have the greatest wish to introduce them to you in the most favorable moment. You will find them in the Little box that accompanies this Letter. They ought to be planted directly in pots to germinate, to be transplanted next spring to a place where cattle cannot reach them, such as your kitchen garden. In a few years they will furnish branches enough to inoculate a great number of chesnut trees, and this useful culture be introduced in your mountains. You know what a riches they are to Tuscany, Corsica and the Limousin in France.1 I have been here these three weeks with Dr Fernandes, and will remain for a Little Longer, but not much. It is impossible to meet a more attentive nurse, and a more friendly and enlightened physician. My best compliments to Colonel and Mrs Randolph. Accept the assurance of the high respect and veneration with which i am


Your most obedient servt

Joseph Corrèa de Serra

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 9 May 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

1Remainder written in a different ink.

Index Entries

  • chestnut; American search
  • chestnut; European search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and chestnuts for TJ search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and T. M. Randolph search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; health of search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; letters from search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • Corsica, France; chestnut trees in search
  • food; chestnuts search
  • France; chestnut trees in search
  • gardens; at Monticello search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); gardens search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Corrêa da Serra, José search
  • nuts; chestnut search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; as physician search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • trees; chestnut search
  • trees; chestnut, European search
  • Tuscany, Italy; chestnut trees in search