Thomas Jefferson Papers

James W. Wallace to Thomas Jefferson, 5 April 1822

From James W. Wallace

Washington April 5. 22

Mr Jefferson, dear Sir, on my return from New-York to Philadelphia I met your favor inclosing one to Mr Monroe which I yesterday delivered—

In October 1811, I was at Monticello and well remember your account of a native grape like our common Fox grape, I have ever-since extended my inquiries and have only of late been able to procure some cuttings for you which I obtained in New-York under the name of the bland grape, carried there from Philadelphia which flourishes equally well in either City—To these I add some, given to me on the Delaware in the Steam boat, said to have been introducd by Joseph Bonaparte from France, called Muscatel—the account of their qualities so exactly resembles the one I heard you give that I am induced to believe tis a favorite grape with you, but, have no recollection of the name you gave it—these will be given to Mr Nelson of Albemarle to whose politeness on this occasion their safe arrival will depend—they I expect will be Well secured—

God bless You and yours

James W. Wallace

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 5 May 1822 from “Wallace Dr Wm” (name corrected to “Wallace James W.” in an unidentified hand) and so recorded (without correction) in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Bonaparte, Joseph; and muscat grape search
  • grapes; Bland search
  • grapes; fox search
  • grapes; muscat search
  • grapes; vine cuttings search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Wallace, James W. search
  • Nelson, Hugh; and vine cuttings for TJ search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; and vine cuttings for TJ search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; forwards correspondence for TJ search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; letters from search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; visits Monticello search