Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 6 February 1809

Washington Feb. 6. 09.

My dear Ellen

I have recieved your letter on the subject of my plants and will now explain to you what they were, tho’ I cannot say what was in each box or pot particularly.

Savory. a dead plant, it’s leaves very aromatic: a little resembling thyme my dependance is that it’s seeds are shed on the earth in the box & will come up.

Arbor vitae. a small evergreen tree, in a small pot.

Ice-plant. not entirely dead, but I suppose it’s seeds shed on the earth & will come up.

Tarragon. a plant of some size. the leaves mostly dead. I expect the seed is shattered & will come up.

Geranium. I think there was a plant of this, but am not certain.

besides the above there was a box containing many sods of sweet-scented grass, packed one on another, & in the same box a bunch of monthly raspberry plants, which box Davy was directed to carry to Monticello. I much fear he did not, as Bacon writes me he recieved no raspberry plants, saying nothing of the grass.   kiss every body affectionately for me

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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