Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Taylor, Jr., 18 December 1801

To James Taylor, Jr.

Washington Dec. 18. 1801.


I ought a this time to have remitted you 700. Dollars for the 4th. & 5th. pipes of Madeira but it will not be in my power under three weeks from this time when it shall certainly be remitted. I am uneasy at this failure, but thought it might at any rate lessen the inconvenience to you to apprize you of it, and assure you of what might be depended on. Accept my best wishes & respects.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Mary Cabell Sheppard, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1955); addressed: “Mr. James Taylor Norfolk”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by Taylor. PrC (MHi); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

TJ ordered the pipes of Brazil quality Madeira wine with payment in 90 days in a letter to Taylor of 28 Aug. The wine arrived in Washington in late September (Vol. 35:348, 588).

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