James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Anthony Charles Cazenove, 16 July 1818

From Anthony Charles Cazenove

Alexa. July 16th. 1818

Dear Sir

Your very obliging favor of 8th. instr.1 is received, in answer to which regret I have no correspondent in Portugal from whom to order the quarter cask of very good Port, & one of best quality dry Lisbon you wish to have. But if you will depend upon my procuring them for you here or ordering them when a good opportunity presents itself, have but little doubt of being able to succeed to your satisfaction; although I do not know whether the dry Lisbon if bought here will be of the kind denominated Termo.2 Requesting you to command my services whenever they can be acceptable remain with highest regard Your most Obedt. Servt.

Ant Chs. Cazenove3


1Letter not found.

2Describing Lisbon wines in February 1793, Thomas Jefferson noted that “the best quality of the Dry kind is called Termo, and costs 70. dollars the pipe at about 2. years old” (Julian P. Boyd, et al., eds., Papers of Thomas Jefferson (35 vols. to date; Princeton, N.J., 1950—), 27:842).

3Anthony Charles Cazenove (1775–1852) was a native of Geneva, Switzerland, who came to the United States in 1794 and formed a business partnership with Albert Gallatin before becoming a U.S. citizen in 1797. He later established himself as a merchant in Alexandria, Virginia, where he handled wine purchases for JM (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 2:368 n. 1).

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