From Carlos Martínez de Irujo
Capitol Hill this 30th. December 1802
To morrow morning I’ll give myself the honor of waiting upon you with the congratulations of the new year; but to-day I take the liberty of sending to you, with this, a new supply of my excellent champaigne. This new remittance with the former one will compose the number of 200 botles half of my stock, which I can spare without inconvinience—Abusing perhaps of your indulgence, I must request the favor of another dozzen of your excellent Madeira which the bearer will take the charge of—May the new year render you as happy as you deserve for your important services in the present, & as it is the sincere wish of your
attach’d & respectful Servt—
Le Chevalier d’Irujo
RC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “H Ex. Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 31 Dec.
200 botles: in January, TJ paid Irujo $150 for the champagne, 100 bottles received early in December, and another 100 received in January. TJ also paid customs duties of $22.50 on the wine (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 , 2:1090, 1092, 1115).