Monticello. 25th Feby. 1809.
[Your favor of the] 20th I recived and shall not set off [until the] arrival of the next maile. I have [made an] experiment in fenceing by diging a [ditch [. . .] feet] wide and makeing the fence upon the ba[nk whic]h makes a very Good fence And do not take neare as many railes it saves 6 railes out of every pannel (as a fence made with short pieces in your new plan on the bank of the ditch with 7 railes makes an excellent fence I think we had better make our fence in that way. as it is very ilconvenient to haul rails so far a hand can cut 20 yards of Ditch a day. by which means we could soon make a Good fence. However I shall waite to no if you approve of the plan (I am affraid I shall loose the Graiter part my hogs with the swelling in the throat. I am sorry to let you no we lost the Guinea sow but have a young one of hur breed. yet I have lost in all about 15 fine hogs I[ am Sir yours] truly
ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers.