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To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Appleton, 20 January 1804

From Thomas Appleton

Leghorn 20th January 1804.

Sir

The two letters you did me the honor to write under date of the 5th and 13th of July last, have lately reached my hands.—In the course of a month an opportunity will present for Baltimore, by which conveyance I shall reply particularly to both, and likewise ship the Wine you are desirous to obtain, as that quality can only be procured at florence.

By the same vessel you will receive, Sir, a small case containing a few bottles as samples of the best wines which are the growth of Tuscany.—I am in hourly expectation of an answer from a friend at Rome whom I have charged, in the manner you have directed me, with the business relative to Madme. Cerachy.

I have requested my brother-in-law Saml. Emery of Philadelphia, to receive from on board the Ship Hannah Capt. Yardsly bound to that port, and forward to you, two small cases, and an earthen Vase of strawberry plants, I have shipped by the desire of Mr. Mazzei.—

Accept Sir the assurances of the high respect and esteem with which I am Your devoted Servant

Th: Appleton

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “The President of the United States Washington”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Apr. and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 84, CR, Leghorn); with postscript: “N.B. The above was sent by the Ship Hannah and sailed 6th. february.”

TJ’s letter of 13 july to Appleton is recorded in SJL but has not been found.

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