Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Baker, 24 March 1818

To James Baker

Monticello Mar. 24. 18.

Th: Jefferson presents his respectful compliments to mr Baker, and asks the favor of him to send him a kental of good dumb fish and ½ doz. kegs of tongues and sounds, for which mr Gibson will be so kind as to make payment as before.1 the bearer mr Gilmore will bring them safely & immediately.

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Joseph C. Cabell to TJ; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.

kental: “quintal.” dumb fish: “dunfish,” New England cod that turn a dun or brownish gray color when cured (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 ).

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Baker, James; and fish for TJ search
  • Baker, James; letters to search
  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • cod; New England search
  • cod; tongues and sounds search
  • fish; cod search
  • fish; TJ purchases search
  • fish; tongues and sounds search
  • food; cod search
  • food; cod tongues and sounds search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; Milton boatman search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search