Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Newton, 6 January 1802

From Thomas Newton

Norfolk Jany 6. 1802

Dr Sir

Mr. Taylor has inform’d me, that he has forwarded the Cyder, which I hope may get up safe & good, in bottling it will be a good way to rince the bottle with good apple brandy, it not only preserves it, but prevents the bottles in some measure from bursting. a raison thrown into each bottle, assists it much, & makes it sparkle like Champagne; if you bottle small beer, by throwing a teaspoonful of good French brandy in a bottle, it adds much to its taste, & saves the bottles—direct that no more brandy, be left in the bottle than sticks to it by rincing, in which you have the Cyder put.—the whites in St Domingo, escaped a general Masacre, we are inform’d, by a mistake in the day, it was to take place, some going by the old & the others by the new calendar, which caused a discovery in time, Genl Moyse having lost an eye, in an action with the whites, it seems was the cause & he vowed a general extirpation of the whole, on account of it, these are the accts. we had yesterday, by an arrival from that Island.—May health & many happy years attend you are the wishes of yours respectfully

Thos Newton

I have been laid up with the gout near a fortnight & unable to attend my duty in the Senate

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Jan. and so recorded in SJL.

By late December 1801, news arrived to the U.S. about the November trial and execution of General Moyse for conspiracy against Toussaint-Louverture’s government in Saint-Domingue. Moyse rallied hatred against whites to gain support for the rebellion that occurred in October 1801 (Savannah Georgia Gazette, 24 Dec. 1801; Philadelphia Gazette, 31 Dec. 1801; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 2:207–8; Thomas O. Ott, The Haitian Revolution 1789–1804 [Knoxville, 1973], 79, 148–9).

Newton served in the Virginia state Senate from 1797 to 1805 (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 , 210–38).

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