Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Newton, 8 April 1801

From Thomas Newton

Norfolk April 8. 1801

Dear Sir

Your esteemd favor I received of 23. Ulto. the wine shall be sent up by Capts. Willis or Moore who will be here in a few days; the Brasil wine is highly esteemd here, it is superior to the London particular, & shall send one of it. the latter is fine 3 years old & shiped (wracked off), by a Portugeze house in Madeira. you will find it clear, let the cask be ever so much shaked. we have very late arivals here from Europe, the news by them you will receive by the papers from this place & N York where some of the same fleet is arived. it will ever give me pleasure to be attentive to any commands you may have here, there are several packets from Alexandria & this place who ply every week, with good accommodations & reputable Capts. that any thing you may require from this can be sent by them—I beg you’l accept of my best wishes for your health & happiness & am respectfully

Yr Obt Servt

Thos Newton

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 3 May and so recorded in SJL.

On this day Newton also wrote two letters of introduction to TJ. One was for Dr. Lewis Hansford, “a worthy citizen of this place, who is desireous of seeing his own Country” (RC in same; endorsed by TJ as received 3 May and so recorded in SJL). The other letter was carried by Dr. Robert B. Starke, a citizen of Norfolk who served aboard the U.S. frigate Chesapeake and hoped to continue in that position. Newton recommended him “as a young gentleman high in reputation here, and one that I have no doubt will do honor to any appointment in the line of his profession” (RC in same; endorsed by TJ as received 3 May and so recorded in SJL). Starke had received an appointment as a surgeon’s mate in the spring of 1800. He was retained in the navy under the Peace Establishment Act (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States… to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:341–2; NDQW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War between the United States and France, Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., 1935–38, 7 vols. (cited by years) description ends , Dec. 1800-Dec. 1801, 351).

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