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George Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson, 10 April 1809

From George Jefferson

Richmond 10th April 1809

Dear Sir

I inclose your last quarterly account, which shews a balance in your favor of $:207.43.—

Eleven of the boxes lately received for you were forwarded by Mr Randolph’s boats on the 30th ultimo, with a Hhd of Molasses.—There were no herrings to be had.

I am Dear Sir Yr Mt humble servt

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Apr. 1809 and so recorded in SJL; notation by TJ: “No 28. 11 Dumb-fish. cotton.” Enclosure not found.

TJ’s notation alludes to dunfish, salted New England cod that turns a dun color when cured (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • cod; New England search
  • cotton; TJ orders seed search
  • fish; cod search
  • fish; herring search
  • food; cod search
  • food; herring search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and food acquired by TJ search
  • herring; TJ orders search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); accounts summarized for TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
  • molasses; provided to TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • salted fish search