Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Steele to Thomas Jefferson, 26 October 1816

From John Steele

Collectors office Philada Octr 26. 1816


I have recieved, consigned to me by Stephen Cathalan Esqr at Marseilles, a small Box by the Brig David Maffet, and a double Cask of Wine by the Ship Prosperity, both of which I have shiped on board the Scr Hilan Capt. Hand, consigned to Messrs Gibson & Jefferson at Richmond, as per Bill of lading enclosed

Mr Cathalan informs me there are about twenty Gallons of Wine, & on that quantity I have charged duty, as I could not have it guaged

On the enclosed Bill of frieght are endorsed the duty & charges which I have paid

I am very respectfully
Sir your Obedt Sert

Jno Steele

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 7 Nov. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Philip I. Barziza, 1 Jan. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; franked; inconsistently postmarked Philadelphia, 25 Oct. Enclosure: bill of lading, Philadelphia, 25 Oct. 1816, according to which Steele had shipped to TJ, bound for Richmond aboard the schooner Hilan under John Hand Jr., “One double Cask Wine” (marked “T No 4”) and “one small wooden Box” (marked “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”), to be delivered to Gibson & Jefferson in Richmond, with that firm to pay freight charges of $1.25 “with primage and average accustomed” (printed form in CSmH: JF; with multiple blanks filled by Steele rendered in italics; signed by Hand). Other enclosure not found.

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); sends flowers to TJ search
  • David Moffit (brig) search
  • flowers; sent to TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and wine acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Hand, John (captain ofHilan) search
  • Hilan (schooner) search
  • Prosperity (ship) search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Steele, John; and packages for TJ search
  • Steele, John; letters from search
  • taxes; on wine search
  • wine; sent to TJ search