Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Peter Walsh, 27 March 1811

To Peter Walsh

Monticello. (Virginia) Mar. 27. 1811.


Altho’ not personally known to you, I am probably so by name and character, & therefore take the liberty of addressing you directly—mr Warden, now going as our Consul general to Paris, will be the bearer of this letter, and as you may have official relations with him, I shall take a pleasure, in the letter to him which covers this, to make you known to him.  I some time ago recieved from you through mr Coles, who is known to you, some St George wine which was much approved. the object of the present letter is to ask the favor of you to send me annually a supply of a pipe (about 120. gallons) of the same quality, and to draw on me for the cost & charges, at 90. days sight, in favor of your correspondent, mr Havens at New York, or of any other person, & your draught shall be duly honored. the convenient ports for me are N. York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Norfolk, and if addressed to the Collector of the customs at the port, it will be forwarded to Richmond for me. I write this under the expectation of a restoration of intercourse by the repeal of the edicts & orders which have so long interrupted it. should this not take place, you must be so good, using your own discretion, as to suspend the sending of the first pipe until the general laws, or some special means of safe-conveyance, may give security to what is sent. Accept the assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. letters for me should be addressed ‘Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia.’

PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); at foot of text: “Mr Peter Walsh. Cette”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Theodorus Bailey and TJ to David Bailie Warden, both 28 Mar. 1811.

Peter Walsh (ca. 1757–1814), a native of Ireland who became a naturalized United States citizen during three years’ residence there, was a merchant in Cádiz before an ailment caused him to move to Cette (Sètte), France. TJ appointed him commercial agent for the United States at the latter port late in 1805 (Julian Walton, “Census Records of the Irish in Eighteenth-Century Cadiz,” Irish Genealogist 6 [1985]: 754; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 32 vols. description ends , 15:539–40, 545, 27:252–3; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:10, 13 [23 Dec. 1805, 9 Jan. 1806]; Walsh to TJ, 10 Oct. 1811; Marie Louise Martel Walsh to TJ, 26 Nov. 1818).

Index Entries

  • Agiorgitiko (St. George) (wine) search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; sends wine to TJ search
  • Great Britain; Orders in Council (1807) search
  • Havens, Philetus search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from P. Walsh search
  • Norfolk, Va.; mentioned search
  • United States; trade of search
  • Walsh, Peter; identified search
  • Walsh, Peter; letters to search
  • Walsh, Peter; TJ orders wine from search
  • wine; St. George (Agiorgitiko) search
  • wine; TJ orders from P. Walsh search