From James H. Hooe
Alexandria May 4. 1810.
I recd a Letter some weeks ago fm Mr Wm Jarvis of Lisbon, in wch he advised me of his having shiped to my address by the Ship Diana, Capt Lewis, for this Port, some Merino Sheep, a pair of which were intended for the President, and a pair for you.
I have just seen the Captain who states that all the Sheep are safe except one Ewe;—of course there will be a pair for yr Self & a pair for Mr Madison.
I have this day advised the President of the Diana’s arrival, as I have now the honor to advise you.—and shoud he not give directions with respect to the pair of Sheep intended for you, I shall have them well taken care of ’till your Instructions arrive, to fulfill which will give me great pleasure. It gives me great pleasure to announce to you the arrival of these valuable Animals amongst us, being well aware of the importance, which you, as well as every friend to our1 Country, will attach to it.— Mr Jarvis has sent me Seven Rams and two Ewes, (besides the two pair intended for the President & yourself), which will be for Sale.—I shall advertise them by his direction, in Virginia Maryland & Pennsa—But I shoud be sorry Indeed, if the Breeders of our own State shoud not avail themselves of an opportunity which may never recur, of propagating these valuable Animals.
Mr Jarvis has allotted Sheep to the Prest & yourself—which are particularly designated, but he has desired that you shoud make a Choice out of the whole, if more agreable to you & to him.
J H: Hooe
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 May 1810 and so recorded in SJL.
James Hewitt Hooe (1772–1825), a merchant and attorney in Alexandria, served as a presidential elector for James Madison in 1808, represented Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1809–10, and was elected president of the Alexandria Common Council in 1819 (Franklin L. Brockett, The Lodge of Washington: A History of the Alexandria Washington Lodge, No. 22 … 1783–1876 , 129; T. Michael Miller, Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, Virginia 1780–1820 [1991–92], 1:211–2; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 256; 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 , Congress. Ser., 16:162; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 12 Feb. 1825).
Hooe sent a similar letter to Madison on this day (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., 2:331–2). He advertised the 5 June 1810 sale of six full-blooded merino rams “to the highest bidder at Broomlawn, near the town of Alexandria” in the Washington National Intelligencer, 11 May 1810, with a request that the publishers of the Baltimore American, the Norfolk Herald, the Petersburg Intelligencer, and the Richmond Enquirer run the advertisement in their newspapers.
1. Hooe here canceled “Council.”
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