Thomas Jefferson Papers

William D. Meriwether to Thomas Jefferson, [received 1 September 1809]

From William D. Meriwether

[received 1 Sept. 1809]

Dear Sir

Our youngest son is extreamly ill with a desentery and I think a little port-wine will be of service to him will you be so good as to spare me a bottle and I will return it as soon as any can be got

Yours Respectfully

W D. Meriwether

ps our black peaches are now ripe and I hope you will send wenever you choose for them


RC (MHi); undated; at head of text: “Mr Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Sept. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

Meriwether’s son Thomas was still described as “extremely ill” although “out of danger” two weeks later (William D. Meriwether to Charles Meriwether, 17 Sept. 1809 [NcU: Southern Historical Collection, Meriwether Family Papers]).

Index Entries

  • alcohol; medicinal uses of search
  • dysentery; treatment for search
  • food; peaches search
  • health; dysentery search
  • Meriwether, Thomas search
  • Meriwether, William Douglas; letters from search
  • peaches; black search
  • wine; as dysentery remedy search
  • wine; port search