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Stephen Cathalan to Thomas Jefferson, 13 August 1818

From Stephen Cathalan

Marseilles the 13th August 1818—

Dear Sir—

I Confirm you my Respects of the 25th april & 2d may Last, which I hope will have Reached you, as well, as the nine Boxes of wine, with one Basket of Maccaroni, I Shipped, on the Ship fair Trader, Geo Fletcher Master, Bound for Alexandria, amounting as per Invoice to F 257=70= to your Debit;

on the 16th July, I was honnored with your Favor of the 5th april Inclosed in a letter of Mr Jn Vaughan of Philadelphia of the 14th may, with one Draft of Stephen Gerard, on James Laffitte & Co of Paris, Payble at Sixty Days Sight unto my order & for your Acct pr ƒ 2205— making Dars 420, as Mentioned in your Said Letter, at ƒ 5—25 pr Dar which I have Passed on your Credit.

the Ship Juliana, when I Received Mr Vaughan’s Letter & Said Inclosures, being on Sailing out for Philada, I had Scarcely the Time to write a Line to Mr Vaughan to acknowledge him the Receipt of his Said Remittance, Requesting him to Inform you of it, & that your new orders mentioned in your Letter, would be Executed.

I wrote Immediately to Mr Durand of Perpignan for

one Cask of abt 64 Gallons TJ } old Rivesaltes wine; in Dble Casks—
1 dto of 30 { TRJ

he answered me on the 27th that =he had taken due notice of my order, which he hoped to obtain at moderate Price, tho’ the good qualities are very Scarce, & he would do the best to Satisfy you;=1 tho’ I Recommended him to Send them to me as Soon as Possible, I have not heard from him Since;

I forwarded at Same time your Inclosed Letter to Mr Sasserno asking to him for you 300– Bottles of nice wine to Reach me, if Possible, before the 15th Inst handing him at Same time a Copy of the Paragraph of your Letter about him & Said wine;—in answer =he Informed me, that his Commission as Consul has not yet Reached him, that he is not So much at a Loss, about it, Since I mentioned to him, that I thought it would be Sent at Same time with a number of new Commission to old and newly appointed Consuls, of the U.s. in Europe & in this kingdom of France near h. M. Chan M. to obtain h. Said Mty’s Exequatur;=

=as to the wine, he has Shipped Six Boxes of 50 Bottles Each, red wine of Bellet-nice, which has been Sold to them, to be of the year 1812—& which he can Certify after being tasted by him and Connoisseurs, & worth to Laid on the Tables of the 1st Classes a Broad, & tho’ it may not have of that little Silky, Enough, he apprehends, my Respectable Friend Ths Jeffon may wish; yet he hopes that it’s quality will Suit his & his Friend’s Palate considering it’s Corroborative quality; he was So fortunate to have found, that quality of wine he was Sending to me, for you, that there is Scarcely no more dry old wine of Good quality, So more So, that they Sale now wine of 2 a 3 years Crops at about the Same Price, as the Last Sent to me for you, Last year; & this present Invoice, will not Cost more on Board at nice than about ƒ 1=60 pr Bottle;= he charges me, meantime =he may answer to your kind favor, to transmit you his Deep Sense of Gratitude, for your Interest & protection towards him;=;

This wine is Just arived & Landed here, but the Brig Siro of Philadelphia Geo. Lockyer,2 having Cleared out & in this united States’s Chancery, & Custom house, & being Still anchored in this Road Since before yesterday; it was Impossible for me to Ship it on her; She is Bound for Phila & the cheasapeack, and all what I have time to do, now, is to write you these few Lines, not being Sure, I may forward it thro’ Said Brig Siro;—

meantime, then, I may, I hope about the end of this month Ship the whole you have ordered to me for your Self & your Grand Son T. Jefferson Randolph; I beg you to accept my best wishes for your Good health & happiness and of your whole worthy Family, with my Everlasting Gratitude, for your Good Continued Protection & Friendship, for me; with which I have the honor to be with Great Respect allways at your Commands & Sincerely—

my Dear Sir your most obedt & Devoted Servt

Stephen Cathalan.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Oct. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Fernagus De Gelone, 27 Dec. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Late President of the united States Monticello—virginia,” with Cathalan’s initialed additional notation that it was sent “By the Brig Siro Capn Geo. Lockyer”; franked; postmarked Norfolk, 29 Sept.

h. m. chan m.: “His Most Christian Majesty,” a title traditionally accorded to the king of France. An exequatur is “an official recognition of a consul or commercial agent by the government of the country to which he is accredited, authorizing him to exercise his power” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). corroborative: “A strengthening or fortifying agent” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

1Omitted closing quotation mark editorially supplied.

2Manuscript: “Lookyer.”

Index Entries

  • Bellet (wine) search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); account with TJ search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and J. V. A. Sasserno’s consular appointment search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); as commercial agent in Marseille search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); letters from search
  • Durand, Mr.; and wine for TJ search
  • Fair Trader (ship) search
  • Fletcher, George (ship captain) search
  • food; macaroni search
  • Girard, Stephen; and TJ’s lines of credit search
  • Jacques Laffitte & Compagnie (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with S. Cathalan search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from J. V. A. Sasserno search
  • Juliana (ship) search
  • Lockyer, George (ship captain) search
  • macaroni; sent to TJ search
  • Nice; wine from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); wine sent to search
  • Rivesaltes, France; wine from search
  • Sasserno, Joseph Victor Adolphus; and wine search
  • Sasserno, Joseph Victor Adolphus; consulship for search
  • Siro (brig) search
  • Vaughan, John; handles financial transactions search
  • wine; Bellet search
  • wine; of Nice search
  • wine; of Rivesaltes search
  • wine; TJ orders from J. V. A. Sasserno search