To John Bulkeley & Son
Philadelphia July 13. 1791.
I am now to acknolege the reciept of your favor of Jan. 18. together with the samples of wine forwarded. That marked No. 2. and called Termo was exactly the quality desired. Next to this was No. 4. Torres. The other qualities not liked. I am now therefore to pray you to send me a pipe of the kind called Termo, the oldest and best you can procure. You will recieve from Mr. Barclay, the bearer of this, 75. dollars on my account, which if I calculate rightly your millreas, will cover the cost of the pipe and the samples. Should any miscalculation, or any advance of price for an older or better quality render it insufficient, Colo. Humphreys will perhaps be so good as to make it up, or I will pay it to your correspondent here at your choice.—I am with great regard Gentlemen Your most obedt. humble servt,
Early in 1791, in an undated memorandum, David Humphreys informed TJ that “Messrs. John Bulkeley & Son have engaged to send by the first vessel to Philadelphia different specimens of the dry Lisbon Wines, with the prices, for the inspection of Mr. Jefferson. They are well acquainted with the subject and may be expected to deal with the strictest honor” (RC in Humphreys’ hand, endorsed by TJ; MHi). The letter from Bulkeley & Son of 18 Jan. 1791, which must have been written in compliance with Humphreys’ instructions, is recorded in SJL as received on 28 Feb. 1791 but has not been found. Another letter from the firm, dated 7 Feb., is recorded as received 30 Mch. 1791 but is also missing.