Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Taylor, 3 February 1806

New Port Kentucky 3d. Feby 1806.

Dear Sir

Agreeably to my promise I now send you the Monthly Strawberry vines promised you when I had the pleasure of seeing you at the City of Washington.

I also send you some Nectarine grafts, the fruit of which is superior to any thing of the kind I ever tasted. They are called the Rose coloured Nectarines, they are of the free stone kind, are large and of a tolerable deep red on the out side.

I have sent Mr. Madison a few of the seed of these strawberrys, which I have requested him to divide with you.

I have put up the vines in the mode you recommended, and hope they will get safe to hand & prosper. They are found to succeed best by heaping them in bunches, and not suffer the vines to run together, and when the weather becomes hot and dry they ought to be watered.

There are among the grafts two Peach grafts called the Magdoline peach the bark of the two is quite yellow the blossom white and the fruit is said to be of good quality None of mine have come to perfection but the tree really is a curiosity being almost as yellow as the golden Willow. I succeeded very well in ingrafting the Nectarines on the peach stock.

I have sent both Mr Madison & Genl Dearborn a similar package to yours I therefore hope out of the three that some of each of the fruit may be saved.

I pray you Sir to accept assurances of the high respect & esteem of

Your Obt. Hble. Servt.

James Taylor

The President   Belle Vue 3d Feby 1806

I have thought proper to add a few more of the peach cutings supposing them a curiosity, never having seen any of the kind in Virginia. If Mr. Madison should wish any more of the peach The president will please to divide with him. I shall send on some of the Detroit apple as soon as I can procure them. Those I have now only grafted last season I will not furnish Grafts this season.


James Taylor

[in TJ’s hand]:

Monthly strawberry vines
Rose cold. Nectarine grafts. clearstone
2. Magdalene peach cuttings.
a bundle of do.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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