Thomas Jefferson Papers

Gordon, Trokes & Company to Thomas Jefferson, 17 January 1810

From Gordon, Trokes & Company

Richmond 17th Jany 1810

Dear Sir

Enclosed you will receive a bill of such articles mentioned in your Order of 30th Ultimo as could be procured; the only Maccaroni in town is held by Mr LeForest which he says came direct from Italy, he asks 4/6 lb which so much exceeds the price mentioned by you that we supposed it would be best to acquaint you of it before purchasing, we shall endeavour to procure the Tongues & Sounds and Syrop of punch by the time that the Boat returns; the things are packed in good order and sent by Mr Randolph’s Boatmen agreeably to your request

yours wt Esteem
Gordon Trokes & Co
Beverley Blair

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Feb. 1810; notation by TJ beneath endorsement: “235.42,” the balance he paid the firm the following year (TJ to Gordon, Trokes & Co., 4 Apr. 1811). Recorded in SJL as a letter of 16 Jan. 1810 received 3 Feb. 1810. Enclosure not found.

Beverley Blair (1789–1857), merchant and sometime sheriff of Richmond, was a son of Archibald Blair, the first clerk of the Virginia Council of State (Daphne Gentry and Brent Tarter, “The Blair Family of Colonial Williamsburg: A Research Note,” Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 32 [1994]: 112; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 1st ser., 17 [1909]: 225; Richmond Enquirer, 14 Aug. 1857).

Index Entries

  • Blair, Beverley; identified search
  • Blair, Beverley; letter prepared by search
  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • cod; tongues and sounds search
  • fish; tongues and sounds search
  • food; cod tongues and sounds search
  • food; macaroni search
  • Gordon, Trokes & Company (Richmond firm); and groceries for TJ search
  • Gordon, Trokes & Company (Richmond firm); letters from search
  • groceries; purchased by TJ search
  • Italy; macaroni from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; payments to Gordon, Trokes & Company search
  • Leforest, A. search
  • macaroni search
  • punch; syrup of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); boats of, transfer goods search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; macaroni for sale at search
  • Richmond, Va.; TJ orders groceries from search
  • syrup; of punch search