Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Gelston to Thomas Jefferson, 5 April 1819

From David Gelston

New York 5th April 1819—

Dear Sir,

Your letter of 8th March covering one to M. De la Fayette was receivd in due course.

It is a singular circumstance that so long time should have elapsed and no Vessel bound to Havre; or any port in France,

The first proper opportunity that has presented, was Capt Thomas B. Vermilye (of the Brig Pedlar) on Saturday last, I have his promise to deliver it in Person, to the Marquis, if he goes to Paris, if not, to hand it to Mr Beasley Consul at Havre, with written instructions,

It being a long time since I had heard from you and wishing to know how you enjoyed your health, I had written, the day I received your note a letter to enquire, which on receipt of your’s was not sent.

I receivd a few days ago from a friend at Marseilles,1 a few watermelon seeds of the growth of Tripoli, of an extraordinary character, I enclose six, I give you his words—“The fruit is remarkable for its golden colour, immense size, and delicate flavor, to be planted one seed only in a place.”

It always gives me pleasure to hear from you, I devoutly wish a continuance of your health and every happiness, my services you have a right at all times to command, being very sincerely and truly your’s

David Gelston

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 10 Apr. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Robert S. Garnett, 18 June 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; franked; postmarked New York, 6 Apr.

1Manuscript: “Masailles.”

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; consul at Le Havre search
  • Gelston, David; forwards letters for TJ search
  • Gelston, David; letters from search
  • Gelston, David; sends seeds to TJ search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; letters from TJ forwarded to search
  • Pedlar (brig) search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • seeds; watermelon search
  • Tripoli; watermelon seeds from search
  • Vermilye, Thomas B. (ship captain) search
  • watermelons search