Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: Observations on Talavera Wheat by an Unidentified Gentleman, 20 September 1818


Observations on Talavera Wheat by an Unidentified Gentleman

Observations of the Gentleman who procured the Wheat (called the Talevera wheat) at Wynnstay, the residence of Sir Watkins Williams Wynne. Sepr 20. 1818

“I went over to Wynnstay while it was growing and saw a very fine Crop, although it was only put in the Ground in March, the great utility of this Corn, is that it can be sowed in the Spring after a Crop of Turnips, upon those Soils that are not suitable for Barley; if the Course of Crops in Virginia, resemble ours it will be a very valuable acquisition, in addition to this, the grain is large and fine and very much sought after by our Millers—my Father has never sowed it in the Autumn, but I understand it makes a much better Crop, when put in the Ground then, than when it is deferred until the Spring.”

Signed—James Maury.

Tr (DLC: James Madison Papers); in Fontaine Maury’s hand; notation by Madison beneath quotation: “sd to ripen 10 days sooner than other Wheats”; filed with James Maury to Madison, 29 Sept. 1818.

Index Entries

  • barley; as farm produce search
  • crops; barley search
  • Great Britain; wheat in search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and Talavera wheat search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); and Talavera wheat search
  • turnips; as crop search
  • Virginia; crops in search
  • wheat; as crop search
  • wheat; Talavera search
  • Wynn, Sir Watkins Williams; and Talavera wheat search