Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Gideon Gooch, 3 August 1810

To Gideon Gooch

Monticello Aug. 3. 10.


Mr Bacon, my overseer now comes for the Merino sheep, & will concur in any division of them agreeable to the President. he mentioned in a letter to me some time ago that there would be a portion of wool to come with them. if you will accept of one half of my part of the wool, it is at your service. the other half is retained as a matter of curiosity. I had a pair of Shepherd’s dogs here for Dr Thornton, which he desired me to send to you, and said you would be so good as to take care of them & forward them to Washington either by mr Barry when he returned, or by the President’s waggon. this I understood was an arrangement with the President. the dog has since died. the bitch is now sent. she has been always kept tied, and fed with Indian bread alone. she is young of extraordinary sagacity, has been taught nothing, but is capable of learning any thing. accept my respects.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Gooch.”

TJ learned that he was to receive a portion of wool in a 7 June 1810 letter from Gooch, rather than a letter from James Madison.

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; and merino sheep search
  • Barry, Richard; and W. Thornton’s shepherd dogs search
  • dogs; sent to W. Thornton search
  • Gooch, Gideon; and merino sheep search
  • Gooch, Gideon; and shepherd dogs search
  • Gooch, Gideon; letters to search
  • Madison, James; TJ retrieves merino sheep from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Overseers at; retrieve merino sheep for TJ search
  • overseers; retrieve merino sheep for TJ search
  • Thornton, William; and shepherd dogs search
  • wool; merino search