Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Wilson J. Cary, 28 July 1811

To Wilson J. Cary

Monticello July 28. 11.

Dear Sir

Your servant, with 4. lambs for mr Cocke, will recieve a 5th for yourself. it is the second best of the 5. mr Cocke’s are from his own ewes, the one destined for you is from mine, the best I had except one. one of your ewes proved to be with lamb when she came; the other missed altogether. the two last merino ewes I recieved brought the scab into my flock, & I lost several. I tried mercurial ointment with no effect. repeated anointings with brimstone & fat have eradicated it, except in a single subject, now separated. none of the lambs have ever had a symptom of it. still you should be on the look out, because of the possibility. the falling off of the wool and scabs in it’s place is the indication, & the ointment immediately rubbed in effects the cure at once.

I was on the eve of setting out for Bedford 3. weeks ago, & mr Randolph’s family had consequently gone to Edgehill to pass the harvest, when I was taken with the rheumatism which confined me to the house & mostly to the bed for a fortnight. I am on the recovery, able to ride into the plantation, and to walk with less pain. I only await the return of strength enough to commence my intended journey. Patsy has been unwell also, and is just getting about. I heard from Dunlora yesterday. my sister is extremely low. I did not know till then that your mother had gone there, nor that Colo Cary and his lady had got up to Carysbrook. if I find my strength will permit me to pay him a visit either as I go or return from Bedford, I shall certainly do it. I intended it the last year, but various matters of business procrastinated it until I learnt he was gone. be so good as to present my friendly respects to himself & mrs Cary the elder & younger & be assured I am ever affectionately Your’s

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP-CC); at foot of text: “Wilson J. Cary”; endorsed by TJ.

patsy: Martha Jefferson Randolph. TJ’s ailing sister was Martha Jefferson Carr, Cary’s maternal grandmother. colo cary and his lady: Cary’s paternal grandparents, Wilson Miles Cary and Rebecca Dawson Cary.

Index Entries

  • Carr, Martha Jefferson (TJ’s sister); health of search
  • Cary, Rebecca Dawson (Wilson M. Cary’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Cary, Virginia Randolph (Wilson J. Cary’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Cary, Wilson Jefferson; and merino sheep search
  • Cary, Wilson Jefferson; letters to search
  • Cary, Wilson Miles; TJ sends greetings to search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell; and merino sheep search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; rheumatism search
  • merino sheep; and J. H. Cocke search
  • merino sheep; and W. J. Cary search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); health of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); family of search
  • sheep; scab in TJ’s search
  • wool; and scab search