Thomas Jefferson Papers

List of Baggage Shipped by Jefferson from France, [ca. 1 September 1789]

List of Baggage Shipped by Jefferson from France

[ca. 1 Sep. 1789]

Monticello { No. 1. Hamper 24. Meurs. — 12 Sauterne — 12 Rochegude — 12 Frontignan
2. do.  24. do.  —12 do.  — 12 do.  — 12 do.
3. hamper 6 ℔. Maccaroni, 29. ℔. Parmesan, 10 ℔. raisins, 20 ℔. amandes douces, 10 ℔. brugnols, 5 ℔. dates, 24 bott. vinegar 21 do. oil, 6 amandes ameres.
4. box. saddle—models of machines, &c.
5. 6. 7. 8. 9. boxes. plants.
10. box. books, 7¾ cub. feet.
11. box. books, 3 cub. feet—kitchen furniture, &c.
12. box. bust T.
13. box. bust T.
14. box. pictures.
15. box. guitar.
16. box. clock.
Richmd. { 17. box. books. viz. Encyclop. maps. 3⅓ cub. foot.
18. box. Pedestal for Fayette’s bust.
Eppingtn. { 19. box. Harpsichord.
20. Hamper. 12 Sauterne. 12 Rochegude. 12 Frontig. 12 Monrach. 12 Champ.
21. box. bedstead
22. box. bedstead
23. bale. mattrasses
Wmsburg. 24. box. books for G. W. 2½ cub. feet.
Hampton 25. box. harness.
Seastores { 26. hamper. 24. Meurs. 12 Sauterne. 12 Rochegude. 10 Frontignan
27. hamper. 6 ℔. Maccaroni. 18 ℔. Parmesan. 10 ℔. amande douce. 6 ℔. amandes ameres. 10 ℔. brugnol. 5 ℔. dates. 12 bott. vineg. 10 bott. oil, 4 canister of tea.
Philada. 28. box. books for Dr. Franklin, 10. cub. feet.
 
N. York { 29. box. books. 6 cub. feet. Madison.
30. hamper. 12 Rocheg. 12 Sautern. 12. Champ. 12 Monrache. 15 Frontignan.
31. hamper. 12 do. 12 do. 12 do. 12 do. 14 do.
32. box. 2 busts of P. Jones for Mr. Jay and Genl. Irvin.
33. do. } gl. St. Clair, Mr. Ross of Philada. C. Thomson. Col. Wadsworth. J. Madison, Col. Carrington.
34. do.
35. do.
36. box. 6. officers fusils.
37. Trunk. servts. clothes
38. Trunk. clothes.
Phaeton box } wearing apparel traveling conveniences papers
Phaeton trunk
Brn. leather trunk
Phaeton boot. servants wearing apparel
Chariot Boot } wearing apparel
Chariot Box
Chariot trunk
French hair Trunk
box covered with oil cloth
painted wooden box } Servts. wearing apparel
leathern portmanteau
Phaeton
Chariot
No. 1. 4. melon apricots
2. 1. white fig. (Angelic fig)
[…] { 3. 1. rose bay, double blossomed
4. 2. rose bay, common
5. 1. Service tree, Sorbus aucuparia
6. 5. Larch. Pinus Larix
7. 3. St. John’s bread, or Caroub Ceratonia siliqua
8. 4. Arbutus unedo, Strawberry tree.
9. 2. cork oaks.
10. 1 buckthorn, Rhamnus Paliurus
11. 1. Pistachia Terebinthus.
12. Mimosa arborea
13. 4. Mimosa Farnesiana
14. 2. St. John’s bread, or Caroub &c.
 
15. 1. double blossomed peach Amygdalus flore pleno
16. 2. Budleya globosa
17. 1. Grewia occidentalis.
18. 1. large fig.
19. 1 Amygdalus orientalis
20. 2. white fig.
21. 4. Cresanne pears
22. 2. Royal.
23. 10. St. Germains
24. 3 Virgouleuse
1   1. Daphne Cneorum
5. ivy
1   2. Sweetbriar
✓   Whins
3   3. Italian poplar.
4. Alpine Strawberry
5. […]

MS (MHi); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; the list of trees and plants is written on verso of the page containing list of baggage and evidently is a list of the contents of boxes numbered 5 through 9.

This represents TJ’s final list of his baggage, some of which had been packed since April, and it must therefore have been drawn up shortly before the baggage itself was dispatched by diligence d’eau on Sunday, 6 Sep. 1789 (see TJ to Nathaniel Cutting, 10, 15, and 17 Sep. 1789; also diary of Cutting, under 28 Sep. 1789). The baggage did not arrive at Le Havre until 25 Sep. 1789. On 22 Sep. 1789 TJ entered in his Account Book the costs of various items involved in the packing and shipping, as set forth that day in his settlement with Petit. At this settlement Petit presented a “Memoire de ce que je peie pour le pie destale de monsieur le marquis de lafayette TI No 18”; this included a charge of 9livre tournois “pour le transport a bato,” another of 1livre tournois 4s. “pour le plom,” and another of 6livre tournois “pour lofficie de la doine qui est venu la faire plombé sans ouvertur,” making a total of 16livre tournois 4s (in Petit’s hand; endorsed by TJ on 22 Sep. 1789, and attested by Joseph Latil on 9 Dec. 1789; Vi). The baggage had been sent to Rouen and on 5 Oct. 1789 at Le Havre TJ settled with Le Mesurier & La Motte for the “Charges on Thirty Eight Packages received from Rouen and shipt in Havre on Sundry Vessels by Order and for Account of His Excellency Thos Jefferson Esqr,” totalling 524livre tournois 9s (invoice receipted, MHi; endorsed). TJ had long been interested in the cork oaks and inquired about them on his journey to southern France. The following memorandum, undated and unsigned, may have been addressed to TJ at any time in the years 1787–1789: “The professors Savii and Santi have brought from Monte Amiata in Tuscany an oak so nearly allied to the Cork tree that the Mountaineers called it by that name and employed it to the same usages. They have published it under the name of Quercus Pseudo suber. They may either give seeds of it, or procure seed from Monte Amiata which is in the province of Siena.—I have seen the real Cork in the sandy forest between Livorno and Pisa, not far from S. Pietro in Vado. Their acorns must be more proper for Virginia, that being one of the highest Latitudes in which Cork trees grow in Europe.—The above professors are of the University of Pisa” (MHi).

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