James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Eyrien Frères & Cie., 2 April 1821

From Eyrien Frères & Cie.

Havre 2 avril 1821.


Messieurs les administrateurs du jardin du Roi a Paris, nous ont fait Passer une caisse de grains pour vous. Nous l’avons jointe a quelques autres caisses du même Envoy & avons embarqué le tout abord du navire americain Cadmus Capn. Witelok,1 a l’adresse de Monsieur Hosack2 Directeur du jardin de Botanique de l’Etat de New-york, de qui vous voudrez Bien la reclamer.

Nous Prenons La liberté de Vous offrir nos Services pour Votre Correspondance avec Messieurs les administrateurs du jardin du Roi, ou pour tout autre objet qui pourrait vous interesser en france. Nous avons l’honneur d’être, avec La plus parfaite Consideration Monsieur, Vos tres Humbles & obeissants Serviteurs

Eyrien Freres & Cie


The administrators of the King’s Garden at Paris have forwarded to us a package of seeds for you. We added it with some other packages for the same shipment and sent it all on board the American ship Cadmus, Capt. Whitlock, addressed to Mr. Hosack, director of the Botanical Garden of the State of New York, from whom you will please request it.

We take the liberty of offering you our services for your correspondence with the administrators of the King’s Garden, or for any other object in France which might interest you.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1The Cadmus, S. B. Whitlock, master, owned by William Whitlock Jr., a merchant at 71 South St., New York, arrived in New York on 26 May 1821 from Le Havre, France (New-York Evening Post, 26 May and 8 and 27 June 1821).

2David Hosack (1769–1835), a graduate of the College of New Jersey, was a physician and botanist, who at various times, in addition to maintaining a large private practice, was professor of botany at Columbia College, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Rutgers College. He used his own funds to establish the Elgin Botanic Garden in 1801 and persuaded the state of New York to purchase it in 1810 (Ruth L. Woodward and Wesley Frank Craven, Princetonians, 1784–1790: A Biographical Dictionary [Princeton, N.J., 1991], 402–12).

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