Washington June 19. 07.
I have lost two days ago the most valuable horse I had remaining (Turn-coat). a constipation of the bowels which nothing could remove carried him off in 24. hours. I am now reduced to 2. carriage horses, Castor & Fitzpartner; they are old & do not match. I can not get along without another, & therefore must pray you to get me one to match Castor. a perfect match I cannot expect, but if he is equal to Turn-coat or the horse I had of Bell, it will be quite as good as I wish. if none equal to them can be got, I must be content with a shade inferior. I would wish him to be from 4. to 6. or 7. years old at the utmost, to be so far broke to a carriage as that it is known he will go in one & will not baulk, and if he is tolerable for the saddle, so much the better, as I must ride him. I would not go beyond 300. Dollars for the best, & the price reduced in proportion as his properties shall be below the best. the paiment at not less than 30. days sight, but more convenient to me at 60. or 90. I should wish to recieve him at Monticello in August or September and would send for him as soon as I should know of the purchase. we have no news. I think Monroe’s dinner looks well, when we consider the characters present & the toasts. present me affectionately to the family at Eppington, & assure them & yourself of my unalterable attachment & respect.
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.