Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Lee, 28 April 1806

Washington Apr. 28. 06.


It is long since I recieved your favors of Sep. 12. 04. & Oct. 22. & Nov. 26. 05. their dates will shew, what indeed I cannot avoid, that I am a very unpunctual correspondent. with the former I recieved some boxes of the wines of Bordeaux which I found to be of excellent quality indeed. in the latter letters, I recieve information that you have recieved for me some vin de Hermitage from mr Cathalan, and a cask of Vin de Cahusac from the homme d’affaires of Madame de la Rochefoucault. on the subject of the last I have a favor to ask of you, that is to say to inquire of him the cost of the wine & to be so good as to pay it for me: I ask this with the more confidence as mr Skipwith informs me that at Bordeaux, as well as at Paris, there is a regular exchange between them & the US. and that bills on the US. will command cash. it is on this ground I ask the favor of you to draw on me for the cost of the Cahusac and the amount of the wines you were so kind as to send me, at 30. days sight & your bill shall be honoured with thankfulness. I became familiar at the Dutchess D’Anville’s during her life, to whom the estate of Cahusac belonged, with the wines of that name, both doux & sec, made on her estate. the latter is what I admire extremely. the sweet is not to our taste. while taking the trouble to write to the homme d’affaires of Mde. de la Rouchefoucault, if you could engage him to send me a pipe of his Vin de Cahusac sec of first quality to come over next Autumn, you would oblige me much. I have to return you thanks for the elegant medals you sent me. they are the more interesting as they represent scenes of which I was an eye witness. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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