Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Massie to Thomas Jefferson, 19 December 1815

From Charles Massie

Albemarle 19 Der 15

Dear Sir

I do not recollect makeing any other arangment with Mr Bacon then a complyance with your first which would have been most convenient for me on account of the Casks—However it will be a great pleasure to me, to furnish you with the best Cider that I have got. And will endeavour to deliver it at Mr Leatch,s on friday next. this I may fail to do in consequence of two of my Wagon horses being Verry lame at present. at any rate it will be there in a few days shall be obligd to send it in two tirces which will contain two kinds1 which will contain more then you first wrote for I must enjoin upon you to return my Casks when empty in the course of next spring or summer to the care of Mr J. Winn. CheI am Sir with the highest2 esteem Respectfully Yours &c.

Charles Massie—

RC (MHi); addressed: “Mr T. Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Dec. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ paid Massie $25 for cider and delivery on 22 Dec. 1815, which was the next friday (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1317). Tierces (tirces) are equal to one-third of a pipe (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). che: Charlottesville.

1Preceding five words interlined.

2Manuscript: “highes.”

Index Entries

  • alcohol; cider search
  • Bacon, Edmund; orders goods for TJ search
  • cider; bought by TJ search
  • horses; disabled search
  • Leitch, James; agent for TJ search
  • Massie, Charles; letters from search
  • Massie, Charles; TJ buys cider from search
  • Winn, John (d.1837); as agent for C. Massie search