From Peter Minor
Ridgeway Oct. 19. 1812.
I send you the horse agreeable to your request, & think you will find him to suit you. Mr Gilmer said nothing about the time of payment for his horse to me but I am so certain that he will not be straitened for money before the time you mention, that I shall not hesitate to accept your offer if you like him upon trial. The Horse while in the Service of Mr Carr, for one or two Winters was much Subject to the Scratches & from being kept up for a fortnight past has some symptoms of it at present. I think it will require very judicious keeping to preserve him free from it during this winter. I give you this information before you make your election to keep him or not
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Oct. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.
scratches, or cratches: an equine disease, a symptom of which is that the pastern appears to be scratched (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). TJ paid Minor $100 for the horse the following spring (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1289).