Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 30 November 1806

Washington Nov. 30. 06.

My dearest Ellen

I have recieved two letters from you since I left Monticello. by Davy I sent you a pair of Bantam fowls; quite young: so that I am in hopes you will now be enabled to raise some. I propose on their subject a question of natural history for your enquiry: that is whether this is the Gallina Adrianica, or Adria, the Adriatick cock of Aristotle? for this you must examine Buffon &c. mr Burwell asks, in the name of your Mama, for a Nautical almanac. she will find those of many years in the library at Monticello, in the press on the right hand of the Eastern outward door of the cabinet. I send you inclosed much newspaper poetry. Adieu my dear Ellen: kiss your mama for me and all the young ones. for yourself recieve the kiss I give to this paper.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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