Thomas Jefferson Papers

John F. Oliveira Fernandes to Thomas Jefferson, 18 January 1816

From John F. Oliveira Fernandes

Norfolk 18th January 1816

Dear Sir:

I had this honor on the 6th instant, informing you, to have Shipped on board the Rolley (Blennett master) a quart Cask of the best Port Wine—cased; directed (as per order) to the care of Messrs Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond—which, I hope, has, by this time, arrived Safe—

Judging, after your information, that you prefer, for your own common use, a Sound genuine, old, but not brandyed, wine; and having received on the 16h per the, Jane Couts, from Tenerife, a Small parcell of Teneriffe wine of which 2 [hhs?]1 & 4 quart Casks—are very old & of the best quality, I thought proper, to inform you, of—that I may Send to you Some of it, if you Say So—

Waiting for your orders, I will not dispose of it—for this 15 days—

With the greatest respect & a very Sincere Esteem

I remain Dr Sir Your Mo: obt Servt

John F. Oliveira Fernandes

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as a letter of 15 Jan. received 23 Jan. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Benjamin W. Crowninshield, 30 Jan. 1816, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Milton Virga”; franked; postmarked Norfolk, 18 Jan.

The brig Rolla (rolley), Captain Bennett (blennett), stopped briefly in Norfolk on 4 Jan. 1816 on its way from Providence to Richmond (Norfolk American Beacon and Commercial Diary, 4 Jan. 1816).

1Illegible abbreviation for “hogsheads” or the equivalent “half-pipes.”

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