Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Mary Lewis, 25 December 1813

To Mary Lewis

Monticello Dec. 25. 13.

Dear Madam

The news of the embargo reached me yesterday. this rendering the hope of getting money for our crop more than doubtful, makes it necessary to avoid new money engagements. I am therefore obliged to decline taking the cask of your good old brandy which you were so kind as to offer. the same circumstance affects deeply the question on which you consulted me, whether you ought to take 3/9 for your wheat. I am really not now able to give an opinion. I will take the liberty of1 sending for some barrels of apples; and if a basket of them can now be sent by the bearer they will be acceptable2 as accomodated to the season of mince pies. Accept the assurance of my friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

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

1TJ here canceled “apply.”

2TJ here canceled “and enable us.”

Index Entries

  • alcohol; brandy search
  • apples; from M. W. Lewis search
  • brandy; offered to TJ search
  • Christmas; and mince pies search
  • Embargo Act (1813); passage of search
  • Embargo Act (1813); TJ on search
  • food; apples search
  • food; pies search
  • Lewis, Mary Walker (Nicholas Lewis’s wife); and apples for TJ search
  • Lewis, Mary Walker (Nicholas Lewis’s wife); letters to search
  • pies; mince search
  • wheat; effect of Embargo Act (1813) on search
  • wheat; price of search
  • women; letters to; M. Lewis search