Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Miller to Thomas Jefferson, 1 September 1815

From Joseph Miller

Norfolk Sept 1st 1815.—

Honrd Frind I now take the Liberity of informing you—this Day I have1 shiped on Board the Sloop Canton Capt Willis Godwin one Cask of x I Do not Know What We Must call it, I think2 Porter Brandy as it was Made from Soure Porter Like wise—I have Sent My Trunk along with it hopeng thay will Come Safe to hand—I have Drect them to Gibson &c Jefferson Richmond—I have been Detained Longer than I Wished Oweng to a Lott of Ground the Contentes You will heare—I will Sett off on the 4 or 5—wishing you to wright to Messer Gebeson Jefferson to forward the3

My Respts to all the Famuly

I Rem your Hunbel Servt

Joseph Miller

NB I hope Peter and me will Do Better thes year than Last we will let the Wether be Coolder.

RC (DLC); at head of text: “Mr Jefferson”; mistakenly endorsed by TJ as a letter of 1 Aug. 1815 received 3 Oct. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

peter: Peter Hemmings.

1Manuscript: “I have <I informed> I have.”

2Preceding two words interlined.

3Thus in manuscript, at the end of a line.

Index Entries

  • alcohol; beer search
  • alcohol; brandy made from porter search
  • beer; brewed at Monticello search
  • beer; porter used to make brandy search
  • brandy; made from porter search
  • brewing; at Monticello search
  • Canton (sloop) search
  • Gibson &amp; Jefferson (Richmond firm); transports goods search
  • Godwin, Willis; ship captain search
  • Hemmings, Peter (TJ’s slave; b.1770); and Monticello brewery search
  • Miller, Joseph; as brewer search
  • Miller, Joseph; letters from search
  • Miller, Joseph; sends alcohol to TJ search
  • Miller, Joseph; visits Monticello search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Miller, Joseph search