Washington Feb. 13. 09.
I must once more be troublesome to you on the subject of Wool. I inclose you a sample of the wool of a race of sheep which I have been propagating for 14. or 15. years as the Merinos of Spain. their history is stated on the back of the paper, and I ask the favor of you to be so good as to ascertain, by the opinion of the best judges, it’s quality & value, & particularly in comparison with that of Colo. Humphreys, Chancelr. Livingston & Mr. Dupont, the only persons I know of who have Merinos, if there are samples of their wool to be seen in Philadelphia. I believe the hatters are among the best judges, as they can say whether this is such as they give the high prices for. I must pray you to pardon me the trouble I give you, the object of it being to know how far it is worth my while to persevere in the same breed & to encourage my neighbors in it I salute you with esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.