Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John H. Cocke, 28 July 1811

To John H. Cocke

Monticello July 28. 11.

Dear Sir

The servant who delivered your letter will recieve 4. ram lambs, 3 of them from the half dozen ewes you sent, the other in commutation for 2. ewes sent by Colo Fontaine, but which I am sure he never saw, as they were such miserable half grown, diminutive animals that I could not permit them to run with my flock, and sent them to another place. I send a lamb from my own ewes however in exchange for them, & in sending it to you I comply with the request of Colo Fontaine to mr Randolph. I had a Merino ram & 3. ewes of the three different races, selected by mr Jarvis of Lisbon. the two last of them recieved brought the scab into my flock. I lost one of the ewes by it, and two of them from their ill state of health lost their lambs immediately. I now have therefore but the ram, which is a very fine animal, 2. ewes and one ram lamb. the wool of one of the ewes was considered at Washington as superior to any of the samples ever shewn there. we have, with a great deal of trouble extirpated the scab, except in a single individual which I have separated from the flock. none of the lambs have ever had a symptom of it. yet the possibility of it’s coming on them renders attention adviseable. the loss of their wool is the first visible indication, & then the scabs appearing on the naked part. a mixture of sulphur & fat rubbed on at once, cures the disease effectually. in mine however it had become so inveterate as to need a 3d & 4th anointment, having previously bid defiance to mercurial ointment. Accept the assurances of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “John H. Cocke esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Cocke, John Hartwell; and merino sheep search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell; letters to search
  • Fontaine, William; and merino sheep search
  • Jarvis, William; and merino sheep search
  • medicine; sulfur search
  • merino sheep; and J. H. Cocke search
  • merino sheep; and W. Jarvis search
  • merino sheep; wool of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); lamb requested from search
  • sheep; scab in TJ’s search
  • sulfur; medicinal uses of search
  • wool; and scab search
  • wool; merino search