Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Newton, Jr., 2 February 1802

To Thomas Newton, Jr.

Feb. 2. 1802.

Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Newton to order, for him, 4. barrels of the Hughes’s crab cyder which was the subject of their yesterday’s conversation, to be forwarded to Richmond to the address of messrs. Gibson & Jefferson of that place. the risk of being adulterated by the batteau-men, in going up from Richmond renders it worth while to put each barrel into an outer one, which he will pray mr Newton to direct. not knowing the exact cost of the whole he incloses mr Newton an order for 28. Doll. on mr Barnes of George town who transacts all money matters for Th:J. and who will deliver the money to any of the messengers of the house or other person whom mr Newton will direct to call for it. he prays him to accept his salutations & respect.

RC (NjP: Andre De Coppet Collection); addressed: “The honble Thomas Newton of the H. of Representatives”; endorsed by Newton: “private.” PrC (MHi); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: Order on John Barnes for payment of $28 to Newton, Washington, 2 Feb. 1802 (MS in ViU; in TJ’s hand and signed by him; endorsed by Barnes 31 Mch.; signed by Newton acknowledging payment in full on 1 Apr.).

Thomas Newton, Jr. (1768–1847), of Norfolk, Virginia, was a lawyer, merchant, congressman, and son of Thomas Newton, a correspondent of TJ’s. After attending the College of William and Mary and studying law, Newton served in the Virginia House of Delegates and was a presidential elector in 1800. A Republican, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1801 until 1829 and again from 1831 to 1833. After his retirement from Congress, Newton practiced law and held a court position in Norfolk (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 9:190; RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004–, 5 vols. description ends , 3:611n).

In his financial memoranda, TJ recorded at 2 Feb. the order on Barnes to pay Newton $28 “for 4. barrels Hughes’s crab cyder to be sent to Monticello” (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 , 2:1065).

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