Thomas Jefferson Papers

Gordon, Trokes & Company to Thomas Jefferson, 17 January 1810

From Gordon, Trokes & Company

Richmond 17th Jany 1810

Dear Sir

Enclosed you will receive a bill of such articles mentioned in your Order of 30th Ultimo as could be procured; the only Maccaroni in town is held by Mr LeForest which he says came direct from Italy, he asks 4/6 per lb which so much exceeds the price mentioned by you that we supposed it would be best to acquaint you of it before purchasing, we shall endeavour to procure the Tongues & Sounds and Syrop of punch by the time that the Boat returns; the things are packed in good order and sent by Mr Randolph’s Boatmen agreeably to your request

yours wt Esteem
Gordon Trokes & Co
Beverley Blair

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Feb. 1810; notation by TJ beneath endorsement: “235.42,” the balance he paid the firm the following year (TJ to Gordon, Trokes & Co., 4 Apr. 1811). Recorded in SJL as a letter of 16 Jan. 1810 received 3 Feb. 1810. Enclosure not found.

Beverley Blair (1789–1857), merchant and sometime sheriff of Richmond, was a son of Archibald Blair, the first clerk of the Virginia Council of State (Daphne Gentry and Brent Tarter, “The Blair Family of Colonial Williamsburg: A Research Note,” Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 32 [1994]: 112; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 1st ser., 17 [1909]: 225; Richmond Enquirer, 14 Aug. 1857).

Index Entries

  • Blair, Beverley; identified search
  • Blair, Beverley; letter prepared by search
  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • cod; tongues and sounds search
  • fish; tongues and sounds search
  • food; cod tongues and sounds search
  • food; macaroni search
  • Gordon, Trokes & Company (Richmond firm); and groceries for TJ search
  • Gordon, Trokes & Company (Richmond firm); letters from search
  • groceries; purchased by TJ search
  • Italy; macaroni from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; payments to Gordon, Trokes & Company search
  • Leforest, A. search
  • macaroni search
  • punch; syrup of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); boats of, transfer goods search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; macaroni for sale at search
  • Richmond, Va.; TJ orders groceries from search
  • syrup; of punch search