Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Strode, 25 March 1805

25 Mch. 1805

My Son Tom has just Sent me a Letter inclosing a few of the Seed of the soft Sembler or Quash, which He humbly intreats the President to accept, together with Ardent prayers for His health & Felicity.

I was not fortunate enough to receive the Letter &c or know anything of them untill they had been several days at Our Cot. House, and then a private Gentleman who intended for Albemarle Coty. kindly offerd to carry this for me to CharlottesVille, which hurried me or my Letter had certainly been more correct & the model some thing better finish’d. I expected the wood was very well seasond, but now I am going to inclose it. Find it has Sprung a little well knowing, Good and Worthy Sir, You will benignly account and pardon every defect & every Weakness which Originates in the good intentions of the Heart   my poor wishes however ardent, are but small among the many thousands which are continual breathd for Your health & felicity.

John Strode

At last the above mentioned Gentleman has declined his Journey on Acct of the appearance of Rainy Weather, in consequence this goes by post.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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