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David Gelston to Thomas Jefferson, 14 March 1818

From David Gelston

New York March 14th 1818.

Dear Sir,

I have this day received your letter of the 9th instant—the unusually severe weather that commenced very soon after the departure of Capt Block, and which continued for nearly three weeks, gave me great uneasiness, not only on account of your wines, but for the Safety of the vessel & crew, and my Anxiety has been encreasing until two days ago, when I read in one of our papers under Richmond head “arrived Schooner Brilliant, Block from New York”—your letter has occasioned fresh anxiety, as I should have supposed that from the 4th to the 9th you must have heard of the arrival—I hope however this anxiety will be soon removed—

very sincerely & truly your’s

David Gelston

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Mar. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to William Short, 29 May 1818, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; franked; postmarked New York, 14 Mar.

The New York newspapers reported that the schooner Brilliant, under Capt. William Black (capt block), arrived at Richmond on either 3 Mar. (New-York Gazette & General Advertiser, 12 Mar. 1818) or 4 Mar. 1818 (New York Mercantile Advertiser, 12 Mar. 1818).

Index Entries

  • Black, William (ship captain) search
  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • Brilliant (schooner) search
  • Gelston, David; and wine for TJ search
  • Gelston, David; letters from search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • wine; sent to TJ search