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Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 8 June 1809

To George Jefferson

Monticello June 8. 08. [1809]

Dear Sir

Yours of May 30. was duly recieved1 informing me you had sent by mr Randolph’s boat 2 boxes lately recieved. these have since come to hand. the one was from Lemaire at Philadelphia, containing oil & syrops. the other was from mr Gelston of N. York and contained 3. doz. bottles of Burgundy wine. I inclose you his letter stating that he had recieved & should forward for me to you two boxes containing 8. dozen bottles of Burgundy. I do this merely for enquiry as to the box not come, whether it came to Richmond, or has been left at N. York. on your information that it did not come to Richmond, I will write to mr Gelston. had you a bill of lading?

I suppose the trunk No 28. is desperate. Harry has been committed to jail, but confessed nothing. his companions protest so solemnly & sincerely to appearance that but 3. trunks ever came to the boats that I have no doubt that Harry & the drayman made way with it jointly. if the drayman cannot be punished, he should at least be stigmatised & thrown out of business. Adieu affectionately

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); misdated; at foot of text: “Mr G. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ with correct date and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: David Gelston to TJ, 22 Apr. 1809, not found, but recorded in SJL as received from New York on 30 Apr. 1809.

1Manuscript: “recived.”

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • food; olive oil search
  • food; vinegar syrup search
  • Gelston, David; sends wine to TJ search
  • Harry (boatman); and lost trunk search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters to search
  • Lemaire, Etienne; sends oil and syrup to TJ search
  • Ned (J. B. Couch’s slave); and lost trunk search
  • oil; olive search
  • olives; oil search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • syrup; of vinegar search
  • trunk, lost in return from Washington; presumed lost search
  • vinegar; syrup search
  • wine; burgundy search