Thomas Jefferson Papers

Stephen Cathalan to Thomas Jefferson, 15 February 1816

From Stephen Cathalan

Marseilles the 15th February 1816

My Dear sir & most Respected Friend

by my Last of the 6th January ulto I acknowledged you Receipt of your kind favour of the 3d July;

This is to Inclose you, Bill of Loading and Invoice of one case Containing 50 Bottles hermitage white wine & one case Maccarony Shipped on the Brig Pilot of Phila [Ml?] Dixon Master, bound for Philada & consigned to the Colector of that district, amounting to F248–02 which Please to pass on my Credit; Messrs Jourdan & Fils (who have Lost their old Father 83 years age at that epoqua) assures me that the quality of this wine will Satisfy your Taste;—they have Sent me 240 Bottles vin Sec for Mr Pce Butler of Phila which they Say is what is the most natural quality to that Territority, & which Mr Butler as well as the English in General Preffer, whilst the Liquoreux is produced from few vineyards, Reaped at perfect maturity; as to the maccarony, there is Two qualities, this article, Tho’ we appear to enjoy the Frée Port, pays as well as all the Imports, the duty of Consumption, when not declared for Réexportation, & not under the keys of the Custom, which been on this article not Important enough for Such formality at ƒ20 per 100K or 200 Cw. & 10 perct above Duty, renders it Dear & Scarce on acct of the Short Crop of wheat at naples & Sicily; it for that motive I have not Sent you As much as you asked; but I will order a Small parcel at naples which on arival I will declare for Réexportation, by which you have Soon from me a fresh Supply & I hope at Lower Price;—

as to the wine of nice, & to our old Friend Mr Sasserno, I beg your Refference to the herein Copy of the house who Succeeded to his Commerce long before he Died, in answer to mine of the 3d ulto in which I Sent them a Copy of your Paragraph Relative to him & Said wine;—and as Since, I have not heard of them, I wrote them on the 19th Inst to entreat a quick dispatch of their expected Invoice;

Mr Fois Durand of Perpignan by his Letter of the 7th Inst Informs me that by the description I Transmitted him of the wine of Roussillon you wish to procure, he is acquainted with the exact quality you want, & that he was preparing to Send it to me;—I Then hope Both parcels will reach me in time to embrace the opportunity of an american vessel which will Sail for the cheasapeack about the end of this month; as the Pilot will Sail on Tomorow; about the Inconveniencies of the actual Freedom of the Port & Territory of Marseilles I am as well as the Greatest part of the Merchants of this city, of the opinion of a Printed Memorial, I Send it to you herein Inclosed, Confident of the Kind Interest you Bear for Marseilles & it’s prosperity; The Intercourse with the united States is active, but the Benefits are hitherto Small, which is not Surprising after what has happened;—however it is hoped that This Place & France will Soon recover from what we Suffered by the Revolution of March Last, & enjoy of the Benefit of a Lasting Peace, which if it Costed So Dear, is not the fault of the king, but of the ones who Parjured of their oath of allegiance; Reffering you to the news Papers, meantime I may write you in not Such a Great haste, & wishing you Should once more visit France & Marseilles, as I despair to ever visit The united States, & Monticello!!! I have the honor to be with a Great Respect & I dare to add with a Constant & Sincere Friendship

Dear sir
your most obedt & Devoted servt

Stephen Cathalan.

Mr C. D. Coxe our Late Consul at Tunis who Left this on the 1st January for Philada told me he will visit you Soon & has Promised me to Give you Details on me & family with whom he resided for a Little while in my house;

RC (MHi); one word illegible; at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqe”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 May 1816 and so recorded in SJL, which mistakenly dates the letter 25 Feb. Enclosures: (1) bill of lading and invoice, not found. (2) Mémoire sur les Inconvéniens de la Franchise du Port de Marseille, Sur la nécessité de supprimer les barrières intérieures, et sur les moyens de faire jouir le commerce de cette ville de la plus grande liberté possible (Marseille, 1816; possibly Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 11 [no. 681]). Other enclosure printed below.

vin sec: “dry wine.” liquoreux: “sweet.” The paragraph relative to him & said wine was probably taken from TJ to Cathalan, 3 July 1815. The revolution of march last was Napoleon’s brief return to power.

Index Entries

  • Butler, Pierce; wine preferences of search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); account with TJ search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); as commercial agent in Marseille search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); letters from search
  • Coxe, Charles D.; plans to visit TJ search
  • Dixon, Alexander; as ship captain search
  • Durand, François; and wine for TJ search
  • food; macaroni search
  • Hermitage (wine); sent to TJ search
  • Italy; macaroni from search
  • Italy; wheat crop in search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with S. Cathalan search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from S. Cathalan search
  • Jourdan, Charles; death of search
  • Jourdan & Fils; supply wine to TJ search
  • Louis XVIII, king of France; restoration of search
  • macaroni; duty on search
  • macaroni; sent to TJ search
  • macaroni; TJ orders search
  • Marseille; memorial from merchants of search
  • Mémoire sur les Inconvéniens de la Franchise du Port de Marseille search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; returns to power search
  • Nice; wine from search
  • Pilot (brig) search
  • Roussillon, France; wine from search
  • Sasserno, Victor; death of search
  • Spreafico, Amant; and Sasserno family search
  • Spreafico, Amant; and wine for TJ search
  • wheat; in Italy search
  • wine; Hermitage search
  • wine; of Nice search
  • wine; of Roussillon search
  • wine; TJ orders from S. Cathalan search