Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Milligan to Thomas Jefferson, 30 October 1818

From Joseph Milligan

Georgetown october 30th 1818

Dear Sir

I have by this days mail Sent you a copy of the little book on Gardening which I wrote to you about last Spring if you have time to spare I will esteem it a favour if you will Examine the work you will find it contains all Hepburns & Gardiners Book and the little Treatise by Mr Randolph of Williamsburg and Some new matter at the following pages =prospectus= page 20 a note on hot beds page 117 to 161 on Fences & Walks page 242 a note on currants from page 334 to the end hints on the cultivation of native1 vines2 If you Should think well of it I will not fear to recommend it to the public

I have two copies of the political economy in the bindery which will be bound and sent by the next days mail one of which I wish you to send to the author I will Send you ten copies in Boards by the way of Fredericksburg to the care of Mr Wm F Gray this I will do without farther advice you may expect them at the same time you receive the two copies by mail

Yours With Esteem and respect

Joseph Milligan

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received <4> 5 Nov. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Adams, 19 Jan. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Milton (virginia)”; franked; postmarked Georgetown, 2 Nov.

the little book on gardening was Milligan’s revised edition of John Gardiner and David Hepburn, The American Gardener (Georgetown, 1818; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 6 [no. 276]). It appended additional material, including John Randolph (ca. 1727–84), A Treatise on Gardening (Richmond, 1793; Sowerby, no. 806; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 6 [no. 275]). The final segment of the new work, “A Few Hints on the Cultivation of Native Vines, and directions for Making Domestic Wines,” included quotations from TJ to John Adlum, 7 Oct. 1809 and 20 Apr. 1810 (attributed to an unnamed “personage of the very highest authority on all subjects of this nature”), which stressed the desirability of cultivating indigenous grapes for wine (pp. 338–9).

1Manuscript: “natives.”

2Unmatched closing guillemet („) here editorially omitted.

Index Entries

  • Adlum, John; correspondence with TJ published search
  • A Treatise on Gardening (J. Randolph) search
  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • books; on gardening search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • gardening; books on search
  • Gardiner, John (author); The American Gardener search
  • grapes; native search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; and transmission of packages to and from TJ search
  • Hepburn, David; The American Gardener search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books &amp; Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; publication of papers search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters from search
  • Milligan, Joseph; publishes books search
  • Milligan, Joseph; sends books to TJ search
  • political economy; works on search
  • Randolph, John (ca.1727–84); A Treatise on Gardening search
  • The American Gardener (J. Gardiner and D. Hepburn) search