Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Brown, 1 October 1794

To James Brown

Monticello Oct.1 1. 1794.

Dear Sir

I now inclose you a draught on Mr. Lownes of Philadelphia for 108.58 D. to replace what you had paid for me to Mr. Moncrieff: and I have taken the liberty of desiring Messrs. Nicklin & Co. of Philadelphia to address to you for me a pipe and a quarter cask of wine, on which they will have paid the duties and all charges till put on board the vessel. The freight from Philadelphia to Richmond I must request you to answer. As soon as I know that this wine is arrived I will engage a couple of waggons to go down for the whole. I am in hopes you will have been so good as to transvase the wine of the injured pipe into a good one. Will you take the trouble of informing me what was the exchange on England on the 19th. of the last month?

I have examined my notes of money received from Clow & Co. on your account, and find you have omitted 200. Dollars, received Dec. 4. 1792. This added to the balance of your account and of Donald & Burton’s makes a larger amount than I have any means of answering till the tobacco of the present year gets to market, which will not be till next spring. Then it shall be discharged. I shall be obliged to you for the information asked relative to the exchange by the return of the post, as it concerns a case which is urgent. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (CtY); at foot of text: “Mr. James Brown.”

The enclosed draught may have been the letter of this date to Caleb Lownes, recorded in SJL but not found. SJL also records letters of 8 Sep. and 6 Nov. 1794 from Philip Nicklin & Co. to TJ, received from Philadelphia on 17 Sep. and 18 Nov. respectively, and from TJ to Nicklin & Company of 17 Sep.and 20 Nov. 1794 and 27 May 1795, all of which are missing, although the subject matter of the last two can be inferred from MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 19 Nov. 1794 and 27 May 1795.

1Word written over “Sep.,” erased.

Index Entries