Monticello Feb. 5. 20.
I am much indebted to you, gentlemen, for your attention and civility in the notice I recieve from you of a of garden seeds from Marseilles, supposed to be intended for me. but I think it probable the Captn was mistaken in supplying from his memory the defacement of the address on the cask. I never had a correspondent in Marseilles but mr Cathalan our late Consul and his successors, and particularly I know nothing of Messrs Hows and Fettyplace. I never requested seeds from that place, nor have I recieved any advice from any one of this shipment. it has sometimes indeed happened that strangers in foreign countries have address seeds to me; sometimes with & without notice, with the benevolent view of having them propagated, or from personal motives. if these were really addressed to me, it has been in this way. and in the case I would request you to offer them to the acceptance of the botanical garden attached to the University of Cambridge: and if charges, duties Etc have due on them, on your having the goodness to drop me a note of them, I will immediately remit the amount be pleased to accept my respectful salutations.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.