Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Stuart Skinner, 4 May 1820

Balt: Post office— May 4h 1820

Dear Sir—

I feel very reluctant to intrude upon your retirement and would not allow myself to do it in this instance; were it not for. the belief that it may be in your power to furnish some information on the subject of Lupinella, its character & properties which is not elsewhere that I know of, to be found—

For the only account of it I have seen + I beg your attention to the number of the American Farmer which accompanies this—The clover sent by Doctor Anderson—and which Capt Ballard affirms is Lupinella, having seen it growing in Tuscany is (one stalk of it) inclosed—when sent to me in water it was fresh & vigorous, the top of it a beautiful red colour—Capt Ballard says he was informed it was a perennial plant whereas General Armstrong mentions it as a species of Annual clover—Its early & rapid growth—more especially if perennial will make it very valuable in a course of American Husbandry—especially as it is supposed, in the Southern States where the climate will be more congenial to its habits—I have supposed that when in Italy you may have collected some facts respecting this beautiful, and apparently valuable grass; and shall be very happy & thankful for any information which you may find it convenient to furnish for the Agricultural community, to be conveyed through the American Farmer—

With very great & sincere respect & gratitude for your invaluable services to my Country

I remain Sir yr obt Ser

J Skinner

+ It is not mentioned in any book in the Baltimore Library

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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