Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from S. Smith & Buchanan, 14 March 1803

From S. Smith & Buchanan

Balto March 14. 1803


We have the honor, to hand you herewith, a statement of the Expences, on two Casks Wine received for you by the Ship Adelaide from Lisbon, & forwarded by us this day, agreeably to your desire, to Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond—Mr Jarvis, by whom the Wine was addressed to us, has neither mentioned, nor authorised us to receive, the Cost of the Wine—

We have the honor to be Sir Your obedt Servts

S Smith & Buchanan

Amot. duties on two Casks Wine 36.55
Portage into Store 50
freight from Lisbon 5.12
Portage to the Packet     25

March 21st—We have reason to believe that a Letter written by us to a House in London on the same day as the preceding, was by mistake addressed to you, as we have only just now discovered that the present Letter was not regularly forwarded—if we have committed such mistake, we pray you to excuse us—

SS & B

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 4 Apr. and so recorded in SJL.

In his account of wines purchased while he was president, TJ recorded paying William jarvis $98.17 for the two half-pipes of Oeiras 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 , 2:1115).

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