Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to J. P. G. Muhlenberg, 6 February 1803

To J. P. G. Muhlenberg

Washington Feb. 6. 1803.

Dear Sir

Monsr. d’Yrujo, the Spanish minister here, has been so kind as to spare me 200. bottles of Champagne, part of a larger parcel imported for his own use, & consequently privileged from duty. but it would be improper for me to take the benefit of that. I must therefore ask the favor of you to take the proper measures for paying the duty, for which purpose I inclose you a bank check for 22½ dollars the amount of it. if it could be done without mentioning my name, it would avoid ill-intended observations, as in some such way as this ‘by duty paid on a part of such a parcel of wines not entitled to privilege’ or in any other way you please. the wine was imported into Philadelphia, probably about Midsummer last. Accept assurances of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (George Baer Hiester, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1949); at foot of text: “Genl. Muhlenburg.” PrC (MHi); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

bottles of champagne: see Carlos Martínez de Irujo to TJ, [8 Dec. 1802] and 30 Dec. 1802.

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