From James P. Cocke
apl 23d 1812
I am sorry to observe that the geting supply of fish is most uncertain, not having made arrangt to command them. yet If you will send at the risque be assured I will do my indeavour to procure them. I shall shortly set about some method in order to have them at command & would think the fall would be more proper to remoove them as they are now spawning & much more certain to get them with much esteem am Dr Sir
J P Cocke
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Apr. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.