Fishing

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'''Fishing''' was a primary way to get fresh [[fish]] for [[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson's]] household and plantation workers and slaves. '''Fishing''' was a primary way to get fresh [[fish]] for [[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson's]] household and plantation workers and slaves.
-==Documentary References<ref>Originally compiled by KKO, Monticello Research Department, 10 June 1991.</ref>==+==Primary Source References==
-'''1774.''' "A seine for my fishing place below the old dam should be 30. fathom long & 10. f. deep in the widest part. Will take 50 lb. twine @ 10d sterl. pr. lb. The knitting is 20d currcy. pr. lb."<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']] 367.</ref>+'''1774.''' "A seine for my fishing place below the old dam should be 30. fathom long & 10. f. deep in the widest part. Will take 50 lb. twine @ 10d sterl. pr. lb. The knitting is 20d currcy. pr. lb."<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']] 1:367.</ref>
-'''1776 August 23.''' "Pd. for fishing tackle 20/6."<ref>Ibid 423.</ref>+'''1776 August 23.''' "Pd. for fishing tackle 20/6."<ref>Ibid 1:423.</ref>
-'''1776 August 24.''' "Pd. dinner at falls of Schuylkill 10/."<ref> Ibid 423.</ref> ''The Falls of the Schuylkill River, a popular site for a day's outing five miles above Philadelphia, were submerged by the building of the Fairmount Dam in 1821. Jefferson evidently took advantage of the excellent fishing at the Falls.<ref>Edwin Iwanicki, "The Villlage of Falls of Schuylkill," ''Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography'' XCI [1967], 326-41.</ref>+'''1776 August 24.''' "Pd. dinner at falls of Schuylkill 10/."<ref>Ibid. ''The Falls of the Schuylkill River, a popular site for a day's outing five miles above Philadelphia, were submerged by the building of the Fairmount Dam in 1821. Jefferson evidently took advantage of the excellent fishing at the Falls. See Edwin Iwanicki, "The Villlage of Falls of Schuylkill," ''Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography'' XCI [1967], 326-41.</ref>
-'''1777 April 22.''' "Pd. for fishing reed 1/."<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']] 444.</ref>+'''1777 April 22.''' "Pd. for fishing reed 1/."<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1: 444.</ref>
-'''1777 May 27.''' "Pd. B. Calvert for fishing rods 2/."<ref>Ibid 447. "B. Calvert" is Benjamin Colvard, Jr., who worked under Joseph Neilson as an apprentice carpenter at Monticello in 1778-1779.</ref>+'''1777 May 27.''' "Pd. B. Calvert for fishing rods 2/."<ref>Ibid, 1:447. "B. Calvert" is Benjamin Colvard, Jr., who worked under Joseph Neilson as an apprentice carpenter at Monticello in 1778-1779.</ref>
-'''1780 July 4.''' "Pd. for fish hooks 36/."<ref>Ibid 498.</ref>+'''1780 July 4.''' "Pd. for fish hooks 36/."<ref>Ibid 1:498.</ref>
'''1791 May 31.''' "An abundance of speckled trout, salmon trout, bass and other fish with which [Lake George] is stored, have added to our other amusements the sport of taking them."<ref>Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']] 20:464.</ref> '''1791 May 31.''' "An abundance of speckled trout, salmon trout, bass and other fish with which [Lake George] is stored, have added to our other amusements the sport of taking them."<ref>Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']] 20:464.</ref>

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Fishing was a primary way to get fresh fish for Jefferson's household and plantation workers and slaves.

Primary Source References

1774. "A seine for my fishing place below the old dam should be 30. fathom long & 10. f. deep in the widest part. Will take 50 lb. twine @ 10d sterl. pr. lb. The knitting is 20d currcy. pr. lb."[1]

1776 August 23. "Pd. for fishing tackle 20/6."[2]

1776 August 24. "Pd. dinner at falls of Schuylkill 10/."[3]

1777 April 22. "Pd. for fishing reed 1/."[4]

1777 May 27. "Pd. B. Calvert for fishing rods 2/."[5]

1780 July 4. "Pd. for fish hooks 36/."[6]

1791 May 31. "An abundance of speckled trout, salmon trout, bass and other fish with which [Lake George] is stored, have added to our other amusements the sport of taking them."[7]

Footnotes

  1. MB 1:367.
  2. Ibid 1:423.
  3. Ibid. The Falls of the Schuylkill River, a popular site for a day's outing five miles above Philadelphia, were submerged by the building of the Fairmount Dam in 1821. Jefferson evidently took advantage of the excellent fishing at the Falls. See Edwin Iwanicki, "The Villlage of Falls of Schuylkill," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography XCI [1967], 326-41.
  4. MB, 1: 444.
  5. Ibid, 1:447. "B. Calvert" is Benjamin Colvard, Jr., who worked under Joseph Neilson as an apprentice carpenter at Monticello in 1778-1779.
  6. Ibid 1:498.
  7. Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, PTJ 20:464.

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