To John H. Cocke
Monticello Apr. 19. 14.
Mr Patterson, and my grandson T. J. Randolph inform me you have a dark bay horse which you are disposed to sell at the price of 50.£ and which, from their description would suit me. they speak of him as a steady carriage horse, and a tolerable riding horse. if their information as to your purposes of selling him be right, I shall be glad to recieve him by the bearer, with the privilege of returning him within a week, if he should not answer my purpose, particularly as to the carriage which is the principal object. I should have sent for him some time ago, but have been awaiting the sale of my crop of flour in Richmond, that I might at the same time send you an order on my correspondents there, Gibson & Jefferson, for the money. but they are holding it up for the effect of the repeal of the embargo; and as the horse would be useful to me on a journey I am about making to Bedford, I have concluded to ask an indulgence for the price until my flour is sold, when you shall recieve an order for the money. this may be a delay of a few weeks; but I shall have it all sold in May,1 be the price what it may. accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.
RC (ViU: TJP-Co); addressed: “General Cocke Bremo”; endorsed by Cocke, with his additional signed notation at foot of text: “The above paid a few months after the above mentioned time with interest.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.
The dark bay horse was Bremo. In recording his agreement to the purchase price of £50 on the following day, TJ described the animal as a “dark bay, star in forehead, by Knowesly, 8. y. old this present spring.” On 23 Oct. 1814 he paid Cocke $167 in settlement of this debt (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 , 2:1299, 1304).
1. Manuscript: “sold in all May.”
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