Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Horatio G. Spafford, 28 June 1818

To Horatio G. Spafford

Monticello June 28. 18.

Dear Sir,

Your favor of May 29. came to hand 2. days ago. age and a stiffening wrist render1 writing slow and painful, and oblige me to adopt almost a lapidary stile: this is the effect of an antient dislocation of the wrist. I have given up my farms to be managed by my family, and take no concern in them myself. I tried the Ruta baga when first brought from England and found it the best table-turnep I ever saw. but the seed I now get is so degenerated as to yield nothing but sallad. I inclose you some seed of the sprout kale which I recieved from France some years ago. sow it, and treat it exactly as cabbage, only leave it in it’s place all winter. about the 1st of Dec. it will give you delicious sprouts, and, with us, 3. crops in the course of the winter. it is a valuable garden vegetable, and unknown in this country. with you it may be necessary in the winter to cover the head with loose straw which may not hinder the growth of the sprout. I must here conclude with my best wishes for success & happiness in your new establishment and assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); with alterations in punctuation, capitalization, and emphasis, presumably by Spafford, editorially omitted; addressed: “Mr Horatio G. Spafford Venango. Pa”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 30 June; endorsed by Spafford as received 15 July 1818. PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of John Hollins to TJ, 10 Apr. 1818; edge trimmed and mutilated at seal; endorsed by TJ.

1PoC: “renders.”

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  • France; seeds from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; wrist injury search
  • kale; sprout search
  • rutabagas (Swedish turnips) search
  • seeds; kale, sprout search
  • seeds; rutabaga search
  • seeds; sent by TJ search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; and seeds search
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