Washington Mar. 20. 07.
I am in hopes I am more fortunate in the seeds I now send you than the effete roots before sent. the inclosed seeds are given me by Capt Lewis for my own garden; but as I am not in a situation to do them justice, & am more anxious they should be saved in any way than merely to see them in my own possession, I forward them to you who can give them their best chance. it will give you too an opportunity of committing them earlier to the ground than those you will recieve from Capt Lewis for yourself, as it may yet be some time before he is with you. perhaps you may as well say nothing of your recieving this, lest it might lessen the portion he will be disposed to give you; and believing myself they will be best in your hands, I wish to increase the portion deposited with you. Accept my salutations & respects.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.