Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 20 February 1809

Washington Feb. 20. 09.

My dear Ellen

My last letter to you stated the plants which had been sent, & I was in hopes, after you had been enabled to distinguish them, you would have informed me of their respective conditions. but no post has arrived for this week from Milton & consequently no letter from you. in about three weeks I hope to be with you, and then we shall properly be devoted to the garden. what has become of mrs Trist? I have not heard a word about her since I left Monticello. I inclose you a budget of poetry to be distributed accordingly to their address. tell your Papa that the ultimate decision of Congress is as uncertain at this moment as it ever was I rather believe the embargo will be removed on the 4th. of March, & a non-intercourse with France & England & their dependencies be substituted. but it is by no means certain. my affections to him, & kisses to your dear Mama & sisters. all love to yourself.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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