Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Sheaff, 13 October 1815

To Henry Sheaff

Monticello Oct. 13. 15.


I took the liberty of writing to you on the 11th of August & of requesting you to send me a quarter cask of dry Sherry or dry Lisbon whichever you had most recommendable. being out of wine and not hearing from you, I trouble you with a repetition of the request, lest any accident should have happened to my letter or your answer. I mentioned that on noting to me the cost, it should be remitted within 90. days after shipment; but if this is out of your course of dealing it shall be remitted as soon as the cost is known. I desired it to be in a double cask,1 sent to Richmond by sea, addressed to Messrs Gibson and Jefferson, my correspondents [t]here, who would pay freight & charges and forward it to me. asking the favor of a speedy answer I repeat to you the assurances of my great respect and esteem

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Henry Sheaff”; endorsed by TJ.

1Reworked from “case.”

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from H. Sheaff search
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