Thomas Jefferson Papers

John G. Robert (for Patrick Gibson) to Thomas Jefferson, 22 February 1816

From John G. Robert (for Patrick Gibson)

Richmond February 22d 1816


I send you by Gilmers boat a Cask Teneriffe Wine recd of Dr Fernandes through Fox & Richardson & have by your directions inclosed it in a rough cask to secure it from the Watermen—

The Gauger’s1 mark (as you will observe at the head of the cask) is twenty nine Gallons, one Gall out Majr Gibbon has judged of the wine & Mr Richardn informs me that the majr says2 it is the best Teneriffe he has ever tasted—

I am Sir

Yrs Respectfuly
Patrick Gibson
By John. G. Robert

ps Inclosed is Majr Gibbons Certificate

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); between dateline and salutation: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Gibson received 29 Feb. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

John Gibson Robert (1799–1830) was a lieutenant in 1814 in the Richmond Junior Blues, a group of boys aged about fifteen who had “embodied themselves as volunteers” to defend the city. He served as a clerk for Gibson until at least 1820 and was the master of a Richmond Masonic lodge in 1825 (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 10:381; Robert [for Gibson] to TJ, 13 Apr. 1820; David K. Walthall, History of Richmond Lodge, No. 10, A. F. & A. M. [1909], 195; Clay, Papers description begins James F. Hopkins and others, eds., The Papers of Henry Clay, 1959–92, 11 vols. description ends , 5:312; Daily Richmond Whig, 18 Sept. 1830; gravestone inscription in Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond).

1Manuscript: “Guager’s.”

2Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • boatmen; corrupt activity of search
  • Fox & Richardson (Richmond firm); and wine for TJ search
  • Gibbon, James; judges wine search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and wine acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; Milton boatman search
  • James River; boatmen on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; and wine for TJ search
  • Richardson, Thomas; and wine for TJ search
  • Robert, John Gibson; clerk for Gibson & Jefferson search
  • Robert, John Gibson; identified search
  • Robert, John Gibson; letters from search
  • Tenerife (wine) search
  • wine; of Tenerife search
  • wine; TJ arranges delivery of search
  • wine; TJ orders from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search