Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Davis Durrett, 24 December 1812

To Davis Durrett

Monticello Dec. 24. 12.


I was much obliged to you for letting the horse come for me to see and try him. but on the very first sight I saw that mr Carr had been quite mistaken in his being a match for mine. he is not in the least so, and it was only as a match that I wanted to buy. I therefore return him & should have done so yesterday but that my messenger was otherwise employed. I rode him yesterday with a bit & bridoon, which I suspect cut his mouth, as I observed his mouth bled considerably after I got on him. the boy told me it was not so when he brought him, & that he believed he was not used to a curb bridle. I presume it will be well in two or three days.

accept my best wishes & respects

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Davis Durrett”; endorsed by TJ.

A bridoon is an additional bit to which a horse’s reins are attached (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 ).

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