James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Milligan, 30 October 1818

From Joseph Milligan

Georgetown October 30th 1818

Dear Sir

I have just got through the press a little book1 that contains two distinct Treatises on Gardening both of which no doubt you are familiar with the first is by John Gardiner & By David Hepburn, late Gardener to Governor Mercer & to General John Mason. The other is by the late Mr John Randolph of Williamsburg. There is also some new hints which you will find as follows prospectus from page 1 to 18 note on hot beds page 20 Fences & Walks from page 117 to 161 a note on Currants 242 from page 334 to the end hints on the cultivation of native Vines and directions for making domestic Wines. I have sent two Copies by post the one of which in splendid binding I beg you will accept. The other in neat binding is intended as a donation to the Agricultural society over which you preside. I will be happy to hear whether the little Volume meets your entire approbation, With best respects to Mrs Maddison I am your Obedient Servant

Joseph Milligan2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1John Ralph Gardiner and David Hepburn, The American Gardener, Containing Ample Directions for Working a Kitchen Garden Every Month in the Year, and Copious Instructions for the Cultivation of Flower Gardens, Vineyards, Nurseries, Hop Yards, Green Houses, and Hot Houses (Georgetown, D.C., 1818; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 44127). This edition includes the text of John Randolph’s Treatise on Gardening, by a Citizen of Virginia (Richmond, Va., 1793).

2Joseph Milligan (d. 1834) was a Georgetown, D.C., publisher and bookseller (Daily National Intelligencer, 10 Sept. 1834).

Index Entries