From Thomas Newton
Norfolk May 16—1801
I Received the second part of the bills this post, for which I am much obliged to you, I wrote you that I had reserved 2 pipes of the Brasil & recommended some of the London particular for table use, the latter is the kind sent to Richmond, it is of good quality & equal to any imported of the kind 3 years old. There was only 10 pipes of the Brasil come in, if any more than the two I wrote you of is on hand they shall be reserved for you the time of payment will do for it. 3 or 4 Months hence & should you choose it I will take care to have a yearly supply if accidents of war &c doth not prevent it. The Cyder I am afraid is not to be had here, I shall write to some of my acquaintances in Isle Wight &c & try to get some. I am with the greatest respect
I beg the favor of you to send mr Smith the inclosed
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 21 May and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Newton to “Dr Sir,” 16 May, stating that the land he wrote to James Monroe about is at the mouth of Tanner’s Creek near Sewells Point “& a proper place for public use, it is almost a bank of sand, a good fishing place & would be of great service to the US for recreating Crews of the ships War, in case of sickness &c in tents & huts, it is a desireable object for public use & nothing can be lost, for if time should come that it is not wanting it will amply pay the Costs of it” (RC in same; endorsed by TJ as received 21 May and so recorded in SJL with notation “N”; also endorsed by TJ: “refd to the Secy. of the Navy Th:J.”).