Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Anne Cary Randolph, 1 November 1807

Washington Nov. 1. 07.

My dear Anne

I wish to learn from you how the Tuberoses Etc. do, & particularly to have a list from you of the roots & seeds you have saved that I may know what supplies to ask from McMahon for the next spring. when Davy comes I shall send some Alpine strawberry roots, and some tussocks of a grass, of a perfume equal to Vanilla, called the Sweet-scented Vernal grass, or Anthoxanthum odoratum. these I must consign to your care till the spring. I expect a pair of wildgeese of a family which have been natives for several generations, but they will hardly be here in time for Davy. they are entirely domesticated, beautiful, have a very musical note, & are much superior to the tame for the table.   I have recieved from Capt. Pike a pair of Grisly bears brought from the head of the Arkansa. these are too dangerous & troublesome for me to keep. I shall therefore send them to Peale’s Museum. we have nothing new here except a new importation of Influenza by the Western & Southern members who take it on the road & bring it on. I am anxious to hear that you are all recovered from it. convey my warm affections to your papa, mama & the family & be assured of them yourself.

Th: Jefferson

ViW: Jefferson Papers, Tucker-Coleman Collection.

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