Letter from Jefferson, Thomas to John Cambell White, acknowledging receipt of the melon seed from Persia

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Jefferson, Thomas. 1816. “Letter from Jefferson, Thomas to John Cambell White, acknowledging receipt of the melon seed from Persia.” Special Collections, USDA National Agricultural Library. Accessed February 22, 2024, https://www.nal.usda.gov/exhibits/speccoll/items/show/511.

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Th: Jefferson presents his salutations and respects to Mr White
with his thanks for the Persian melonseed he has been so kind as to
send him. he will endeavor to do it justice by his attentions, and
especially to disperse it among his most careful acquaintances. it is
by multiplying the good things of life that the mass of human happiness
is increased, and the greatest of consolations to have contributed to it.

Monticello Aug. 24.16.

[Address on the back: Trenton N.Y. Free June 6 Thomas Jefferson LLD. at his seat Monticello Virginia]

[Indorsed:] White John Campbell. Aug. 24.16.