Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Dougherty, 27 June 1810

To Joseph Dougherty

Monticello June 27. 10.

Dear Joseph

I duly recieved yours of the 1st. Doctr Thornton desired me to send the pair of dogs to the president’s in Orange to the care of mr Gooch his overseer when I send there for my sheep, & that either mr Barry would carry them when he returned to Washington or the President’s waggon. besides this there will be a rider coming weekly from Washington to the President’s during his approaching visit to his country seat. I have informed the Doctr I would do so and that I destined the dog for him, as I thought you would have more leisure to attend to raising genuine litters from the bitch, and might justly make them an article of profit, for those who mean to raise many sheep will be eager to get them. I did not add what however is the truth that the bitch is of much superior character to the dog, of much more sagacity, watchfulness and energy. the bitch I recieved from France was ready trained & is of infinite value in tending the sheep. they are the finest house dogs & farm dogs I have ever seen. you ask if you may publish a paragraph of my letter? on no consideration whatever. this would shew me as avaricious of praise as they are of money. this is really neither my object nor motive. I think it the duty of farmers who are wealthier than others to give those less so the benefit of any improvements they can introduce, gratis; & I shall have more pleasure in seeing this benefit spread over the country, & being instrumental to it, than all the Dollars would give me. I offer you always my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. Mr Eppes is in Carolina, but expected back soon. you can write to him by post, addressing to him at Eppington near Spring hill.

PoC (DLC); between signature and postscript: “Mr Joseph Dougherty”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Barry, Richard; and W. Thornton’s shepherd dogs search
  • dogs; described by TJ search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; and shepherd dogs search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; letters to search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); travels to N.C. search
  • Gooch, Gideon; and shepherd dogs search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; obligations of wealthy farmers search
  • merino sheep; TJ to provide Va. with search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); and shepherd dogs search
  • Orange Court House (Orange Co.); TJ’s merino sheep sent to search
  • Thornton, William; and shepherd dogs search
  • Virginia; TJ to provide merino sheep to search