Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Newton, 10 February 1803

From Thomas Newton

Norfolk. Febry. 10—1803

Dear Sir

After two months session I have got home & hope you have received the Cyder, which Mr Taylor informs me he shipped to you & that it may please as it is said to be good & well racked—some was shipped agreeable to your order to Mr. Jefferson at Richmond. Our harbour is full of shipping & daily more ariving but they bring nothing new, except the dreadful situation of the French in St. Domingo, no quarters is given, the accounts are that several white people have been found hanging, with labels fixed on their breasts that all taken would meet the same fate. I am wishing you health

Yrs respectfully

Thos Newton

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 23 Feb. and so recorded in SJL.

Newton was senator for Nansemond, Norfolk, and Princess Anne Counties during the Virginia General Assembly session lasting from 6 Dec. 1802 to 29 Jan. 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 , 230).

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