Washington Feb. 23. 09.
I recieved last night your friendly letter of the 21st. being determined that no act of mine, which may be avoided, shall give countenance for clamour to the enemies of the government, or trouble to it’s friends for justification, the sentence on the cotton seed is irrevocable. in answer to your enquiries I will observe that it is usually planted in May, and that the seed being very full of oil, will not keep beyond the season for planting. I thank you for your kind offers of service at Baltimore. you have seen that I have not spared them: & altho’ the future occasions will I trust be far fewer, yet should any arise, there is certainly no one of whose friendly offices I would sooner avail myself. should family connections or other circumstances call yourself or mrs Hollins into the neighborhood of Monticello I hope you will make it a stage & resting place. I salute you with sincere esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.