Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Gelston, 19 September 1816

To David Gelston

Monticello Sep. 19. 16.

Dear Sir

I wrote yesterday morning in answer to yours of Aug. 31. and in the evening recieved the Invoice you requested, which I now inclose with mr Warden’s letters & other papers. I will thank you for the return of these when they shall have answered your purpose. as I presume the usual apprehensions from Equinoctial gales are not of many days, I will request you to forward the books to Richmond as usual as soon as you think it safe; and the rather that they may get up our river before winter sets in. if you will have the goodness to drop me a note of the amount of expences attending these, & the cases of wines, they shall be immediately remitted. I salute you with great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “David Gelston esquire New York”; franked; postmarked Milton, 20 Sept.; endorsement by Gelston reads, in part, “Books.” PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Peyton Randolph to TJ, 16 July 1816; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) David Bailie Warden to TJ, 12 July 1816, and enclosure. (2) Warden to TJ, 14 July 1816, and enclosures.

our river: the Rivanna River.

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Gelston, David; and books for TJ search
  • Gelston, David; and wine for TJ search
  • Gelston, David; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Rivanna River; navigation of search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and books for TJ search
  • weather; wind search
  • wine; sent to TJ search