Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Lee, 25 June 1807

Washington June 25. 07.


The second cask of Cahusac which you were so kind as to send me arrived a few days ago. the vessel in which it was shipped from Bordeaux had been driven to the W. Indies in distress, unladed her cargo there, refitted & is just returned. after such a perigrination & into such a climate, it was to be expected that the wine would be the worse. in fact it was too much pricked for any use but that of vinegar. I was more surprised that the first barrel, which came direct should have been in the same condition, & was of necessity made into vinegar. knowing the superior excellence of the Cahusac sec, & that it is a wine of as much body as those of Lisbon, & will consequently bear transportation, I must trouble you again to apply to M. Caillier, Regisseur of Made. de la Rochefoucault at Cahusac near Bergerac, Dordogne, for another barrel of his oldest vin sec de Cahusac. but could we not prevail on him to send it ready bottled, and if packed in much straw I am persuaded it would come safe; especially if sent in autumn. I am now to ask the favor of you to take this trouble, & to draw on me for the amount as before. I salute you with esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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