From Thomas Newton
Norfolk. Novr. 4. 1801—
This will be deliverd you by my friend Mr. Newsam, member of Assembly from Princess Ann County, I beg leave to introduce him to you, as a worthy good republican—I sent you some images & Orange shrubs, brought in from the Missisipi. I hope they got safe to your hands, also the two pipes of wine sent to the care of Mr Barnes, by Mr. Taylor. I have sent a pipe of L P. to Mr Madison by your recommendation, which I am much obliged to you for, & shall be glad to hear of its being approved of.1 it is much esteemd here & nearly 4 years old & cheap at $300. Health & Happiness attend you is the wish of yr. obt Serv
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.
Newsam: William Newsum, a member of the Virginia assembly from December 1800 to January 1803 (Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, Richmond, 1978 description ends , 221, 225, 229). A letter from Newsum to TJ of 13 Nov., recorded in SJL as received the same day, has not been found.
1. MS: “off.”