January 13. 1807.
Mr. Pickering presents his compliments to Mr. Jefferson, and thanks him for the ear of Osage corn. On chewing two or three kernels, Mr. Pickering finds the corn of precisely the same texture, and nearly insipid taste, with what in Pennsylvania is called flour-corn; only the latter grows into a much larger ear than the present sample of Osage corn; but the latter may perhaps ripen earlier.
If Mr. Jefferson has not seen sir Joseph Banks’s paper on the cause of mildew in corns and grasses, he will be gratified by the perusal of that curious and interesting account, which Mr. P. does himself the pleasure to inclose.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.