Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William R. Lee, 4 November 1811

To William R. Lee

Monticello Nov. 4. 11.


I have just recieved information that there came addressed to you, for me, from mr Baker, our Consul at Palma, a cask of wine, a box, of marble, one of olives & one of almonds, which you have been so good as to forward on to Alexandria. the object of this letter is to thank you for your attention & trouble with these articles, and to pray you to forward to me a note of any expences they may have incurred at your port, under an assurance that they shall be promptly remitted. Accept the tender of my best respects.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Lee”; endorsed by TJ.

William Raymond Lee (1745–1824), a native of Manchester, Massachusetts, rose from captain to colonel while serving in the Continental army, 1775–78. After the war he worked as a merchant in Marblehead and Salem. TJ appointed him customs collector for Salem and Beverly in 1802, and he held the post until his death (Vital Records of Manchester, Massachusetts, to the end of 1849 [1903], 84; Heitman, Continental Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783, rev. ed., 1914 description ends , 346; Salem Gazette, 26 Dec. 1782, 29 Oct. 1824; Lee to TJ, 28 Sept. 1801 [DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–09]; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 1:432, 437 [11, 17 Jan. 1803]; Boston Independent Chronicle, 7 May 1807).

Index Entries

  • almonds; sent to TJ search
  • Baker, John Martin; sends goods to TJ search
  • building materials; marble search
  • food; almonds search
  • food; olives search
  • Lee, William Raymond; forwards items to TJ search
  • Lee, William Raymond; identified search
  • Lee, William Raymond; letters to search
  • marble; sent to TJ search
  • nuts; almond search
  • olives; sent to TJ search
  • wine; sent to TJ search