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Mad Dogs and Faithful Servants by Lucia C. Stanton, (November 1989), E332.2 .A5 1989N

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Identifier: id3974

Scope and Contents

Jefferson had mixed feelings about dogs, as they were both dangerous -- as predators when not properly fed and as disease-carriers when rabid -- and useful farm animals. He obtained Bergère, an intelligent and industrious sheep dog from France, whom the slave Isaac recalls along with some of Jefferson’s other eccentrically named pets and animals. Though Jefferson sympathized with Judge Richard Peters (who in 1810 complained of the dangers of dogs to sheep) and Peter Minor of Albemarle (who proposed regulation of Virginia dogs) in their apprehension of the species, Bergère’s line and the others Jefferson received from the Marquis de Lafayette proved a beneficial addition to the Monticello farm and family.

Dates

  • E332.2 .A5 1989N

Extent

From the Collection: 74 Items