To Secondat de Montesquieu
Mount Vernon 20th Augt 1785.
By a brig belonging to Mr Ridout of Bourdeaux, I had the honor to receive your letter of the 2d of May, & the Wine which accompanied it; which you were so obliging as to send me at the request of your worthy son—it came in very good order. For this instance of his kind remembrance; & your polite attention, I pray you to accept my warmest acknowledgments: my thanks are due also in a particular manner to you, Sir, for the Walnuts you sent me, which are very fine; and I shall endeavour to propagate them in the manner directed by you.
I pray you to forward, when you shall find a convenient opportunity, the enclosed letter for the Baron de Montesquieu, with assurances of my sincere regard and friendship for him.1 I have the honor to be &c.