Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John H. Cocke, 3 May 1819

To John H. Cocke

Monticello May 3. 19.

Dear General

It is really scandalous, after so liberal a supply of fish from you to ask a second donation. yet I am forced to it by the stupidity of the servant who in my absence was entrusted with the mission. instead of never stopping till he got home, night overtook him on the road, he encamped, and the water being unchanged thro’ the night, he found the fish all dead on his awakening in the morning. my ponds being all in readiness, and the spawning season hastening away, I am obliged to renounce all modesty and ask your aid a second time. the servant now sent can be relied on never to stop till he delivers them into the pond.

Mr Stack is arrived from Philadelphia and will open his grammar school in Charlottesville this week. we have procured the female academy in which he will have a schoolroom, & Laporte will take the rest of it for a boarding house. I believe you may be assured he is the ablest classical teacher in America, and seems to be an amiable modest man. if your son is disengaged it is impossible to find a better situation for him. mr Brockenbrough is arrived and relieves my shoulders from a burthen too much for them. I propose to prove Kosciuzko’s will in the district court on Monday and hope you will relieve me from that task. ever and affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP-Co); addressed: “General Cocke Bremo”; endorsed by Cocke. PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Thomas B. Parker to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

TJ proved Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s 1798 will before the Circuit Court (district court) on Wednesday, 12 May 1819, and it was ordered recorded. Although he was the executor named therein, TJ then refused “to take upon himself the burthen of the execution of the said will” (Albemarle Co. Law Order Book [1809–21], 349; Albemarle Co. Circuit Court Will Book [1798–1844], 1:42).

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County Circuit Court, Va. search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Charlottesville Academy; and G. E. Stack search
  • Charlottesville Female Academy search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and Charlottesville Academy search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and fish for TJ search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and son’s education search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); letters to search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1804–46); education of search
  • education; female search
  • fish; sent to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; wills of search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); opening of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); fish for search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); fishponds at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); slaves at search
  • schools and colleges; Charlottesville Female Academy search
  • schools and colleges; for women search
  • slaves; at Monticello search
  • Stack, Gerard E.; and Charlottesville Academy search
  • women; schools for search