Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to J. P. G. Muhlenberg, 14 November 1803

To J. P. G. Muhlenberg

Washington Nov. 14. 1803.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night your favor of the 10th. and am thankful to you for the prompt dispatch of the wine, every day’s delay counting during a session of Congress. the wines are Champagne & Burgandy. so soon as you will be so good as to let me know the amount of the duties & charges, they shall be immediately remitted to you. accept my friendly salutations & assurances of respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I have no invoice of the wines, nor any notice of the prices or quantity. I wrote for 500. bottles. you can perhaps judge by the size of the boxes, or by opening one, whether they contain that quantity.

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Genl. Muhlenberg”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Muhlenberg did not handle the burgundy (burgandy), which had been shipped from Le Havre to Norfolk (Fulwar Skipwith to TJ, 25 Oct.; Edward Johnston to TJ, 23 Nov.).

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