Thomas Jefferson Papers

Matthew Wills to Thomas Jefferson, 24 April 1812

From Matthew Wills

Fluvanna April 24th 1812

Dr Sir

Mr Ashlin handed me your letter of the 20th instant wherein you expressed1 a desire to get Some live Carp and I having the Seine that is halled at Mr Ashlins & Capt Holman on the other Side have endeavoured to procur all the Carps for you that were Caught which were but few Six or eight but not any of them lived but a few hour if you Can advise any way that they Can be Carried a live you Shall have at any time what may be Caught in my Sine & Capt Holmans gratis Mr Ashlin Capt Holman & myself have Sent you by the bearer James Six Shads a piece if you will please accept of them and he has bought twenty at 1/6 each the price Current on the fishing Shore

I am Sir with Sentiments2 of high esteem Yours

Matthew Wills

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); endorsed by TJ as received 26 Apr. 1812, but recorded in SJL as received the previous day.

1Manuscript: “expessd.”

2Manuscript: “Sentimenst.”

Index Entries

  • Ashlin, John; TJ procures fish from search
  • carp search
  • fish; carp search
  • fish; shad search
  • Holman, George; and fish for TJ search
  • James (TJ’s slave); to procure fish search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); fish for search
  • shad; TJ sends to M. Wills search
  • Wills, Matthew; and fish for TJ search
  • Wills, Matthew; letters from search