Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Pierre de Labat, 7 October 1788

From Pierre de Labat

Cadiz, 7 Oct. 1788. Under the patronage of “Le Commandeur de Bausset,” solicits TJ’s commissions for the purchase of fine wines from that province; sends price list for the different qualities and vintages; has supplied a number of “Seigneurs, Ambassadeurs et Personnes de distinction des diverses Cours de l’Europe.” Since there is no glassworks in all Spain, they have no bottles; ships the wine in small casks. Can also supply fine Havana tobacco, Peruvian bark, cocoa, and vanilla.

RC (MHi); 3 p.; in French; endorsed by TJ: “Wines at Cadiz.” The enclosed price list has not been found.

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