Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Bernard McMahon, 13 February 1809

Philadelphia Feby. 13th. 1809

Dear Sir,

I received your favour of the 8th. inst. and such of the articles ordered as I have, or can procure, shall be forwarded in due time, provided the weather, in the interim, will admit of taking up the plants.   The Chili Strawberry is not, to my knowledge, to be procured in this part of the Union; but that called the Hudson I think I can get. The Crown Imperial roots, as well as all my hardy bulbs, I planted in the fall, and taking them up before their bloom and subsequent decay of foliage, would ruin them. In July or August I can furnish you with a great variety.

The peas, sea-kale seed (for plants I have none) with some good ornamental flower seeds, I will send in good time, and the others if possible; but you will oblige me by letting me know, through what channel I can send you any articles after the 4th. of March.

The nuts from Glocester which you were so good as to send me, do not appear, as far as I can judge from the nut only, to be of the same species with the two you sent me of the Kentucky kind. I have planted them and will attend to the progress of their vegetation. I wish I could procure a few good specimens from the Glocester trees when in flower, for the nuts of them appear to me to be very different from any I have yet seen. Does this species belong to the walnut division, or is it a true Hickory?

I have taken the liberty of enquiring of you, in a letter sent by my friend Doctor Leib, when Governor Lewis might be expected here; and for reasons therein mentioned, I am anxious for the information.

Pardon me Sir, for I consider it a duty to inform you, that all the friends of the Administration and Democracy here, that I have conversed with, since the unfortunate act taken in the House of Representatives of the U.S. on the 3rd. inst. for the repeal of the embargo laws on the 4th. of March, are in the utmost consternation; as they are all, decidely of opinion, that yielding to the Essex Junto, at this, or at any other time, would assuredly tend to the destruction of Liberty and the dismemberment of the Union. Any concession made to so bare and infamous a party, must be grievous indeed to every person who has the welfare of his specious at heart; especially at a time when the General Government has the hearty support and best energies of so large a majority of the population of the U.S. and of the States themselves. The only consolation we have, is, that you are yet at the helm of the Nation, with good will, and we hope sufficent power, to avert the impending dangers; which are much more to be feared from our internal than external enemies. I again hope you will pardon my solicitude, and am Sir,

Your truly sincere wellwisher,

Bernd. McMahon

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

Index Entries