Thomas Jefferson Papers

John F. Oliveira Fernandes to Thomas Jefferson, 9 April 1816

From John F. Oliveira Fernandes

New york 9th April 1816

Dear Sir

Desirous to See some of my Philadelphia and New york friends, I Left Norfolk on the 24th ulto Your favour dated 26th do was recieved here on the 6th instant— Immediatly after the reception of yours of the 24th January—I wrote to Messrs Gibson and Jefferson, requesting them, to examen the Tenerife wine; and (if approved of) to Send up to you a quart Cask, well precautioned, against the boat’s Men’s villany— The two pp of wine, were Shipped on board the Brig Jane Couts, bound to Richmond—where Capt did not like to have them landed in Norfolk— Mr Richardson, my Correspondent in that City, had them entered, and landed; but, notwitstanding my repeated requests has not informed me, as yett, of the ammt—of Duties; freght; any other Small charges—All this, when Known to Me, will be communicated to you—it being my intention, to charge you, with what Costs me.

By the Letter of my Tenerife Friend hereby enclosed—(which you will be so Kind as to return) you will See its first Cost at Tenerife—$345—for the 2 pp—that is $43–12½/—every quart Cask—besids the other charges, which will bring each Cask to $62–64. at furthest— of this I will inform you, as Soon as I—return home—within 4 to 5 weeks—

As for the Porto-wine; I Know it is of—the best quality: If you permit me to refer you to my Letter of the 6th January; you will observe, that, that quart Cask, was the only one I had; requested by, and Sent to me, for my own private use, while, the Sole desire to oblige you, could Compell me to part with. However, as, immidiatly, after my forwarding it to you, I ordered Some more for me; I will take the liberty, to inform you of its arrival; Sincerely willing to Share with you, some of it; if Still, in need of—

With great respect and regard

I remain Dr Sir Your mo: ob: Servant

John F. Oliveira Fernandes

RC (DLC); addressed: “Thas Jefferson Esquire Monticello Milton Virginia—Sch: Siminghton”; franked; postmarked Norfolk, 11 Apr.; endorsed by TJ as received 3 May 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

pp: “pipes,” with one pipe equaling two hogsheads, or 126 gallons.

Index Entries

  • Burrows, William; captain ofJane Couts search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and wine acquired by TJ search
  • Jane Couts (brig) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search
  • Monteverde y Molina, Joseph de; and wine for TJ search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; and wine for TJ search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; letters from search
  • port (wine) search
  • Richardson, Thomas; and wine for TJ search
  • Simington (schooner) search
  • Tenerife (wine) search
  • wine; of Tenerife search
  • wine; port search
  • wine; sent to TJ search
  • wine; TJ arranges delivery of search
  • wine; TJ orders from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search