Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Anne Cary Randolph, 16 February 1808

Washington Feb. 16. 08.

My dearest Anne

The time at which Congress will adjourn is very uncertain, but certainly not till April, and whether I shall be free to come home even then is doubtful. under these prospects I shall not attempt to get any more flower roots & seeds from Philadelphia this season, and must rely entirely on you to preserve those we have by having them planted in proper time. this you will see from McMahon’s book, & mr Bacon will make Wormley prepare the beds whenever you let him know, so that they may be ready when you go over to set out the roots. the first time I come home I will lay out the projected flower borders round the level so that they shall be ready for the next fall; and in the spring of the next year I will bring home a full collection of roots & plants. we shall then have room enough for every thing.

Tell your papa that the Algerine war is at an end. present him my affections, and to your Mama & family the same accepting them for yourself also.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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