Washington 13 May 1826.
Mr Madison has transmitted to me the enclosed letters respecting a box of seeds sent from the Museum at Paris—Altho’ I do not think that I have any thing to do with it. I have nevertheless complied with his suggestions in requesting Messrs Mackay and Campbell to forward it for the use of the University of Virginia, to which I understand is attached a Botanical Garden: and I have taken the liberty also to request them to direct it to be placed under your care, for that institution.
(signed) H. Clay
DNA: RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.