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Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Darmsdatt, 15 June 1815

To Joseph Darmsdatt

Monticello June 15. 15.

Dear Sir

I some time ago desired mr Gibson to pay you 140. Dollars, about one half of which I had scandalously left unpaid for the last year’s supply of fish. but really while the war left our produce to rot on our hands, a farmer had not the means of raising a single Dollar, and if it had continued we could have eaten no fish but what we caught ourselves. the balance is for another supply of herrings for the present year, half a dozen barrels to be sent to Lynchburg, and as many with a barrel of shad1 to Milton as usual. those for Milton to be sent by Wm Johnson’s boats; those for Lynchburg to the address of Archibald Robertson merchant there who will pay the freight. we wish to get them by harvest

accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover from Tadeusz Kosciuszko to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Darmsdadt”; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding two words interlined.

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  • agriculture; effect of war on search
  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Darmsdatt, Joseph; and fish for TJ search
  • Darmsdatt, Joseph; letters to search
  • Darmsdatt, Joseph; TJ pays search
  • fish; herring search
  • fish; shad search
  • food; fish search
  • food; herring search
  • food; shad search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • herring; TJ orders search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; payments to J. Darmsdatt search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); fish for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); fish for search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Robertson, Archibald; agent for TJ search
  • War of1812; and economy search