Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Gibbon, 22 June 1820

To James Gibbon

Monticello June 22. 20.

Th: Jefferson presents1 his compliments to Majr Gibbons and his thanks for his attention to the box of seeds sent him from the Royal garden of Paris, which he has now safely recieved. it is a trust committed to him annually by the Director of that garden to be passed on to some of the botanical gardens of our country. within the course of a couple of years he hopes to have these missions2 usefully employed at our own university. if any expence has been incurred for the box, mr Gibson will be so good as to refund it, on recieving the bill. he prays Majr Gibbons to accept his friendly & respe[ctful sa]lutations.

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Thomas Mann Randolph to TJ; dateline beneath closing; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Majr James Gibbons”; endorsed by TJ.

André Thoüin was the longtime director of the Jardin des plantes et Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle.

1Manuscript: “prents.”

2Preceding two words interlined in place of “it.”

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