Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Dougherty to Thomas Jefferson, 6 December 1810

From Joseph Dougherty

City of Washington Dec. 6th. 1810

Dear sir

I received the bitch which you were so good as to send to me by Mr Madison,s manager some time a,go—the day after I received her, I went from this place to N. york, (by water) with 112 imported merinoes—purchased in Alexandria by a Mr Fitch of N.Y. for speculation.— I have had no oppertunity to prove the merits of the bitch since my return from N.Y: will you be so good sir, as to inform me if she has had any practise with any of your dogs that is properly trained—.


Dear sir

finding that I was geting behind verry fast, by depending on my sheep for making a livelyhood: I have commenced the bottleing of porter and ale, I have laid in a stock of bottles: and porter sufficient for the winter of the best quality. the porter I have purchased at the cash price: which is two dollars per hhd. less than the creadit: this has left me in debt, about 130 Dollars: I could borrow that or more from the Bank or from many of my Neighbours but they will1 crave my name or money from me again—and my wish is to be as independant as possible: If Sir you would be so good as to lend me 130 Dollars, I think from the prospect that I have in the porter business, (and indeed I find it to be verry profitable) that I can refund it in less than six months: my flock of sheep consists of 65: they are the finest flock I see any where.

I am Sir your Hble: Servt

Joseph Dougherty

RC (MHi); idiosyncratic baseline apostrophes retained; at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Dec. 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in James Madison to TJ, 7 Dec. 1810.

1Dougherty here canceled “want.”

Index Entries

  • alcohol; ale search
  • alcohol; porter search
  • alcohol; production of search
  • ale search
  • Barry, Richard; and W. Thornton’s shepherd dogs search
  • dogs; shepherd search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; and merino sheep search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; and porter business search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; and shepherd dogs search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; letters from search
  • Fitch, George search
  • merino sheep; and J. Dougherty search
  • porter (beer) search