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Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Dougherty, 24 August 1809

To Joseph Dougherty

Monticello Aug. 24. 09.

Dear Joseph

Davy sets off tomorrow with a cart for the bigtailed ram Dr Thornton was so kind as to promise me. as the post will be with you a day or two earlier I drop you this line to give you earlier notice. I write you more fully by Davy

Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Joseph Dougherty”; endorsed by TJ.

davy: David Hern (1784–after 1829), the son of David Hern and Isabel Hern, was a wagoner, nailer, blacksmith, and charcoal burner at Monticello. During TJ’s presidency Hern brought his cart from Monticello to Washington twice a year, and he was part of the March 1809 wagon train that brought TJ’s baggage home. His wife, Fanny Gillette Hern, was one of TJ’s cooks (Stanton, Free Some Day description begins Lucia Stanton, Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello, 2000 description ends , 62–4).

Index Entries

  • blacksmiths; at Monticello search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; acquires sheep for TJ search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; letters to search
  • Hern, David (Davy) (TJ’s slave; b.1755); family of search
  • Hern, David (Davy) (TJ’s slave; b.1784); identified search
  • Hern, David (Davy) (TJ’s slave; b.1784); wagoner search
  • Hern, Isabel (TJ’s slave; David Hern’s wife [b.1758]); family of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); blacksmiths at search
  • sheep; J. Dougherty acquires for TJ search
  • Thornton, William; and merino sheep search