Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Jarvis to Thomas Jefferson, 19 February 1810

From William Jarvis

Lisbon 19 feby 1810

Respected sir

I had the pleasure to address you the 20th Ulto and took the liberty to request your acceptance of a pair of Merino sheep & that you would give the necessary instructions about them. I now take the liberty to inform you, that I have shipped nine rams & four ewes to by1 the ship Diana, Captn Wm W. Lewis, for Alexandria; out of which Mr Madison is to select two & you, sir, another pair. There is little or no difference in the wool of any of them, of course I have taken the liberty to point2 out the two youngest rams & the two youngest ewes as those which I think are preferable. The wool of the rams are as fine as any on board, & the ewes are also equally fine & are much larger as to size. The Bill of Lading of those for you, sir, I inclosed to Mr Madison, with a Bill of Lading for his. I must appeal to your patriotick virtues to insure an acceptance of this useful animal as a proof of my high sense of what every American indebted to you3 for your services to your Country.

The heavy baggage of the British Army is daily embarking & the transports arranged for the receiving troops & sailing at the shortest notice. A small french force appeared in the neighbourhood of Badajos the 11 inst, but have since taken another direction, without a battle or even a skirmish.

With perfect Respect I am sir Yr Mo: Ob: sevt

Wm Jarvis

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 May 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in James Madison to TJ, 7 May 1810.

In a letter toJames Madison of 19 Feb. 1810 Jarvis inclosed a bill of lading for a merino ram and ewe for TJ, dated Lisbon, 17 Feb. 1810 (MS in DLC: Madison Papers, Rives Collection; printed form with blanks filled by Jarvis), and a second bill of lading of the same date for a pair of merinos intended for Madison, asking the president to take charge of TJ’s pair until his instructions were received (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 2:239–40).

1Thus in manuscript.

2New page begins with this word; catchword at foot of preceding page: “name.”

3Thus in manuscript.

Index Entries

  • Alexandria, Va.; merino sheep shipped to search
  • Badajoz, Spain search
  • Diana (ship) search
  • France; military operations in Spain and Portugal search
  • Great Britain; military operations of in Spain and Portugal search
  • Jarvis, William; and merino sheep search
  • Jarvis, William; letters from search
  • Lewis, William W.; and merino sheep search
  • Madison, James; and merino sheep search
  • merino sheep; sent to TJ and J. Madison search
  • Portugal; military operations in search
  • Spain; resists Napoleonic rule search