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George Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson, 15 March 1811

From George Jefferson

Richmond 15th Mar: 1811

Dear Sir

Your plaister has been here about 10 or 12 days only, having been upwards of a month in coming round from Baltimore.— I informed Harry when he was last down that he could take as much of it as he pleased, and understood from him that he intended to load up with it, but he afterwards informed our Clerk that he had other back loading & could not take any.

I cannot find any oil of turpentine, but will send you some of the spirit, as I am told there is but little if any difference.—I really am beginning to apprehend that the introduction of Merino sheep into the Country may prove more injurious than beneficial, as I understand they have communicated the scab to the flock of almost every person who has them. There is danger I suppose of its spreading as other diseases have done, so as never to be eradicated.

Mr Graham of this place informs me that he thinks he has lately cured it in his Merino’s by steeping one pound of Tobacco in a Gallon of boiling water, & rubbing the parts affected well, as soon as it cooled.—As this remedy must be perfectly innocent (except perhaps with pregnant ewes) would it not be well to make the experiment?

I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Mar. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Baltimore, Md.; TJ orders gypsum from search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and gypsum acquired by TJ search
  • Graham, Robert; and scab remedy search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); shipped search
  • Harry (boatman); carries goods from Richmond search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
  • merino sheep; infected with scab search
  • oil; turpentine search
  • Richmond, Va.; and gypsum search
  • Richmond, Va.; Harry carries goods from search
  • scab; remedies for search
  • sheep; scab in TJ’s search
  • tobacco; as scab remedy search
  • turpentine; TJ procures oil and spirit of search