Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Darmsdatt, 9 June 1816

To Joseph Darmsdatt

Monticello June 9. 16.

Dear Sir

I understand you have on hand a good supply of excellent fish. I will therefore pray you to send me my annual supply which is of 6. barrels of herrings to Lynchburg to the care of mr Archibd Robertson, and 6. barrels of herrings, and one of shad to this place, which mr Johnston a boatman of Milton will call on you for within a few days. the immediate dispatch of those to Lynchburg is of importance that they may have them for their harvest. I ask nothing about price, confident you will charge me as you do others who like myself pay sooner or later as they can. with my best wishes for your health accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a portion of a reused address cover from George Logan to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Darmsdatt”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ did not pay for the fish until the following May, when he ordered another thirteen barrels (TJ to Darmsdatt, 7 May 1817; TJ to Daniel Call, 13 May 1820).

Index Entries

  • Darmsdatt, Joseph; and fish for TJ search
  • Darmsdatt, Joseph; letters to search
  • Darmsdatt, Joseph; TJ pays search
  • fish; herring search
  • fish; shad search
  • fish; TJ purchases search
  • food; fish search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; payments to J. Darmsdatt search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; fish shipped to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); fish for search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search