Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Clay to Thomas Jefferson, 21 November 1812

From Charles Clay

Nov. 21.–12

C. Clay to Mr Jefferson

we have sent you of the Cyder in the tallest bottle which we had marked No 1 & not 3 as you Mention in your Note, & if you think it1 worth puting in your bottles, send back the Barrell & have it filled again for your next summers use as your acceptance of it will give me more pleasure than any use I shall make of it, if you do not send for it.—Mrs Clay begs the acceptance of a Cheese (of her own Make) as a testimony of her high respect for that Patriot who had more than dobled the extent of his Country with2 peaceable negotiations, without harzarding the lives of his fellow3 Citizens.—the bearer brings you the Compass Chain &c. Mr Wm Cobbs land lies in Bedford County —except assurances of the highes esteem & respects

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 21 Nov. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s note to Clay is not recorded in SJL and has not been found.

1Manuscript: “in.”

2Clay here canceled “out War.”

3Word interlined.

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  • alcohol; cider search
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  • Clay, Editha Landon Davies (Charles Clay’s wife); sends cheese to TJ search
  • Cobbs, William; TJ seeks to purchase Bedford Co. land of search
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