From James P. Cocke
May 18th 1813
Untill within a few days past we have not been able to procure the chub fish, If you will send on thursday next a ceareful hand prepaired for there conveyance, I have little doubt but the nesessary supply for your pond can be made which will give pleasure to your friend & Hble sert—
J P Cocke
Growth of the chub, at 1 year old 8 to 9 Ins long, at 2–11 to 12—3–15 to 16—the weight not assertained but suppose the latter at 3 to 3½ lbs—
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 21 May 1813 and so recorded in SJL.