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From Thomas Jefferson to Gabriel Christie, 21 April 1807

Monticello Apr. 21. 07.

Dear Sir

I recieved yesterday your favor of the 13th. covering mr Appleton’s letter, which informs me he had sent by the William Bingham a box of Maccaroni, & a Parmesan cheese in a leaden box, & that cased in wood, but he mentions neither the weight or cost of the Maccaroni or cheese. I know that those cheeses are pretty regularly made to the weight of about 60. 1b. probably by weighing the box of Maccaroni & guessing at the weight of the box, the duty on that may be approximated. mr Appleton executed that commission at the request of Cathalan of Marseilles to whom I had written for the articles, & he tells me he had drawn on Cathalan for the amount, without saying what it was. I shall be contented with any estimate of the duty you may make, only recommending that it be enough to cover the just duty with certainty.

I expect every day from mr Appleton some boxes of Florence wine. should they come to Baltimore, as the wine is tender, & the season will be advancing, I will pray you to forward them to Washington by the first vessel. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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