Monticello June 13. 26.
I take the liberty of troubling you with a small commission of enquiry to which I will not add that of a long preamble. Messrs Dodge & Iznard of Marseilles, by a letter of Feb. 18. 26. me that they had shipped wine for me on board the ship Mandarin A. M. Norman Master, bound to the port of Baltimore, and consigned to the Collector of that port. that letter I recieved near 6. weeks ago but have heard nothing of the ship or wine. the Collector has been usually so kind as to give me information whenever any articles for me have arrived to this port and having been so long in possn of the letter of advice I conclude either some accident has happened to the ship or to the collector’s notifying me of arrival. without troubling him with enquiry with which he ought not to be burthened, I have preferred requesting of you to make enquiry for me whether such a vessel has arrived or any thing is known of her. having recd no invoice from them I presume. it comes with the ship the wine called vin ordinaire or vin du pais, the cheap wine of the neighborhood with water, they charged me the last year francs for the 30. gallon cask. with my hope that you will excuse this trouble accept assurance of my great friendship & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.