Thomas Jefferson Papers

John F. Oliveira Fernandes to Thomas Jefferson, 27 August 1816

From John F. Oliveira Fernandes

Norfolk 27th August 1816—

Dear Sir

Your much esteemed favour, dated 18th Inst. (and Post marked 21st) came to hand but yesterday, after the departure of the mail. I am Sorry, that letters within our own State take Sometimes longer, to reach their destination than those from Boston or Savannah:

Slave as I am, had I received it Sooner, I would have made such arrangements, as to be from Norfolk four or five days, before the time I had calculated; but now, considering the necessity of your departure from Monticello & the shortness of time of your residence there—I will postpone the honour of paying my respects to you, for another occasion; if Circumstances will permit me that agreable opportunity.

I will not forget to forward the Quarter Cask of choiced Port Wine, as Soon as a Small parcel, recommended for my use, will arrive. Permit me to Subscribe myself

with the highest respect & esteem Dear Sir your mo: obt Servant

John F. Oliveira Fernandes

RC (DLC); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Sept. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; and wine for TJ search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; letters from search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; plans visit to Monticello search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • port (wine) search
  • Post Office, U.S.; and mail service search
  • Post Office, U.S.; and Va. post offices search
  • Virginia; post offices in search
  • wine; port search
  • wine; Portuguese search
  • wine; TJ orders from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search