From Thomas Newton
Norfolk 25th Septr 1801—
I Received your favor of the 18th I most sincerely wish I had it in my power to recommend to you a person, to fill the place of Mr Wilkins at Cherrystone, but I am so little acquainted, that I have it not in my power.—The Eastern shore, I apprehend contains but few republicans & those I am acquainted with, I have reason to beleive if Mr. Peter Bowdoin would accept the office, he would faithfully execute it, being a man esteemd for his integrety. he lives on Hungars, a convinient situation for preventing smugling & near the Court house where the public business is done. I have made inquiry of several, who are well acquainted & could get no recommendation, that I could safely rely on, a Mr. Nathl. Holland & Mr Caleb Fisher were mentioned to me, but I am unacquainted with them. I have had several conversations with many Gentlemen from the Eastern Shore, they all say they are determind to support the present administration & submit to the choice of a majority. it is my wish to see republicans in all offices falling vacant & be assured I shall give you every information in my power whenever you shall please to require it. I am sorry to inform you that Coll Davies our Collector lies very ill with a paryleitic or an appoplectic affection in the head; but has not had a fitt as the Doctr expressed it to me—I apprehend he will not recover, tho I hope he may, as he is the best collector we have had at this place. Mr. Barnes has pd. Mr Taylor & two more pipes of the same quality of wines are forwarded for you, which I obtaind from a Gentleman that had bought them; Mr. Taylor has left some very fine London Particular wines three years old & very little differance between it & the Brazil & fifty Dollars lower in price. I can safely recommend it as good wine & very few would know any differance in the taste. I expect more Brasil quality if the Brittish will permit it to come from Madeira & shall be glad to supply you. Accept my best wishes & believe me to be respectfully yr.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.
With a note to John Barnes dated 19 Sep., wine merchant James Taylor, Jr., sent a “Receipt for Two pipes Wine for the President of the US” (RC in MHi; endorsed by TJ: “Taylor James to mr Barnes”). In his financial memoranda at an entry dated 28 Sep., TJ recorded the arrival at Washington of two pipes of Brazil quality Madeira wine from “Taylor & Newton” (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1115).