The Woodlds. July 7th. 1806
It was not untill my return from an excursion of some days that I received your favor of the 20th. ult. with the quarentine corn which accompanied it. You will be so good as to accept my best thanks for this mark of your kind affection.
With the most friendly respect I have the honour to be Dear Sir Your most obedt Servt
N.B. In the autumn I intend sending you if I live those kinds of trees which I think you will deem valuable additions to your garden viz. Gingko biloba or china maidenhair trees, Broussenatia papyrifesa vulgarly called paper mulberry tree & Mimosa abrisia or silk tree of Constantinople—The first is said by Kampfer to produce a good eatable nut—The 2d in its bark &c yields a valuable material for making paper to the inhabitants of China, Japan, & the East Indies, & for clothing to the people of Tahiti & other South Sea Islands & the third is a beautiful flowering tree at this time in its highest perfection, the seeds of which were collected on the shore of the Caspian Sea. They are all hardy having for several years past borne over severest weather in the open ground without th. smallest protection.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.