From George Jefferson
Richmond 5th Octr 1810
I inclose your last quarterly account, balanced by $:6024.⁸⁰⁄₁₀₀ in favor of G. & J.
Major Gibbon & myself have been for some days expecting to hear from you, in reply to a letter which he wrote you respecting two Merino Ewes sent you by Doctor Jarvis.—We concluded it was best to defer making the choice as long as we could, as some of them dyed the [day?] after1 they were landed.—the number has since been increased to 10.—We were however yesterday called upon to make our selection, which I did to the best of my judgment at Major G’s request, as he was too much engaged to attend to it.— I concluded it would be best to leave them with the rams as long as Mr Myers would permit them to remain, as it will give a better chance for the ewes to have lambs. I understand that you have a ram, but he probably may not be exactly of the same breed.
I shall expect your direction as to the manner of their being sent up, and am
RC (Mrs. Paul W. Howle, Richmond, 1944; photocopy in DLC: TJ Papers, ser. 10); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 Oct. 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.
1. Manuscript: “the after after.”
- Gibbon, James; as collector at Richmond search
- Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and animals acquired by TJ search
- Jarvis, William; and merino sheep search
- Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); accounts summarized for TJ search
- Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and merino sheep search
- Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
- merino sheep; sent to TJ and J. Madison search
- Myers, Samuel; TJ’s merinos left with search
- Richmond, Va.; collector at search