Montpr. Mar. 8. 1824
Your letter enclosing the Document appointing me an honorary member of the Horticultural Society established in the District of Columbia, was duly received, and I regret that it has not been sooner acknowledged. But such has been the depressed State of my health, to which has latterly been added a new inroad on it, that I have been obliged in this, as in other cases, to intermit the attention due to correspondents. Even now I take up my pen, under the pressure of much indisposition; wishing the Society to be no longer unapprized of my sensibility to the honour conferred on me.
Horticulture is a valuable and interesting Section of Agriculture, the main resource of human subsistence. Apart from the ornamental, the scientific, and experimental uses, which it may embrace, it affords a cheap & wholsome, substitute for the disproportionate consumption of animal food, which has long been a habit of our Country, resulting from the exuberant supply it has enjoyed of this article. In promoting a reform of this habit, horticultural Societies can not fail of a happy tendency, and I wish for the Columbian example, a full share of the merit.
Praying that the sincere acknowledgments to the Society may be duly communicated, I offer to youself, at the same time, my cordial respects & good wishes