Thomas Jefferson Papers

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

To John F. Oliveira Fernandes

Monticello Aug. 18. 16.

Dear Sir

I recieved the last night your favor of the 10th and I hasten to express the pleasure I shall have in recieving you here, and the wish that this may meet with no delay. you propose to us the hope that you will be here towards the end of this month, or the commencement of the next; and the object of this is to express my anxiety that it may be within the present month, because arrangements are already fixed for the departure of myself and family to a possession I have near Lynchburg, and where I am to pass six or eight weeks: and I write this on the bare possibility that it may reach you in time to anticipate your departure a day or two if your affairs permit it. I should be mortified to lose the pleasure of your visit by this metachronism. mr Correa will not be with us till the latter end of October. the supplies of wine which I had ordered from different ports of Europe & which have now begun to arrive, have greatly relieved my wants. but a quarter cask of unmixed Port1 will be a very acceptable addition when you shall have it to spare. I salute you with great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Dr Fernandes”; endorsed by TJ.

metachronism: “An error in chronology, esp. the placing of an event later than its real date” (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 ).

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); invitations to visit search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; and wine for TJ search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; letters to search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; TJ invites to visit Monticello search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • port (wine) search
  • wine; port search
  • wine; Portuguese search
  • wine; TJ orders from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search