Thomas Jefferson Papers

John H. Cocke to Thomas Jefferson, 19 April 1814

From John H. Cocke

Bremo April 19. 1814

Dear sir,

I send herewith the Horse mentioned to you by Mr Patterson & your grandson Mr T. J. Randolph He answers the description they have given of his qualities as a Carriage & riding Horse. I have driven him chiefly in double Harness—he has been seldom in a gig but when tried performed very well & I am sure from his docile character may be trusted without risk. You are at liberty to take him on your journey to Bedford and return him when you get back if you find that he does not suit you—

He has been occasionally subject to a spasmodic affection something like the Thumps—which I once thought alarming—but am now induced to beleive that it is nothing more than Hickup, as it always succeeds a hearty meal or draught of water.

As to payment for the Horse, the arrangement you mention is perfectly satisfactory—I only regret that you permitted any considerations on this score to prevent your sending for him as soon as you wanted him. Yours with much Esteem & respect

Jno H. Cocke

RC (CSmH: JF); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Apr. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

The thumps are a condition in horses characterized by a beating of the chest due to spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm, analogous to the human hickup (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 ).

Index Entries

  • Bremo (TJ’s horse); purchased from J. H. Cocke search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell; letters from search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell; TJ purchases horse from search
  • horses; medical conditions of search
  • horses; TJ purchases search
  • Patterson, Mr.; and J. H. Cocke’s horse search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and J. H. Cocke’s horse search