Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Main, 24 February 1806

Feby 24th 1806.

To accompany the President’s Thorn plants There are forty bundles, each containing 250 plants Besides which there is one bundle of smaller plants containing 200, These last, to be planted in nursery to supply any accidental deficiencies that may happen in the hedges—If the weather should be dry and warm while the plants are on the road, they may be watered two three times, according to discretion, in the cource of the journey. If the weather then should prove to freeze severely they ought not then to be watered at all during the continuance of the frost.—

After the Hedges are planted the tops of the plants ought to be trimmed, or cut off with a pair of hedge shears just so low as to miss, untouched, the tops of the lower plants. This operation not only renders the hedge evenly and handsome to the eye but is also of essential benefit by tending to bring the plants to an equality of size and strength.

Thos. Main.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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