Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Dougherty, 13 December 1816

To Joseph Dougherty

Monticello Dec.1 13. 16.

Dear Sir

On my return here two days ago after an absence of two months in Bedford, I found here your letter of Nov. 25. the cyder which I used to procure from Norfolk was obtained thro’ the channel of Colo Newton member of Congress from that district. he always purchased and shipped it for me. the difficulty I experienced was in getting it brought without being watered by the sailors. I have no doubt Colo Newton will be so kind as to advise you how to get the best, and put you into the hands of a good correspondent, one who will furnish you with what is good and at the market price. I salute you with my best wishes for your success and happiness.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Charles Yancey to TJ, 24 Nov. 1816; at foot of text: “Mr Joseph Dougherty”; endorsed by TJ.

Thomas Newton procured cyder for TJ from Norfolk in 1802 and 1803 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1064, 1065, 1103; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 39 vols. description ends , 36:269–70; Newton to TJ, 11 Dec. 1807 [DLC]).

1Word, ink stained, rewritten by TJ for clarity.

Index Entries

  • alcohol; cider search
  • cider; acquisition of search
  • cider; bought by TJ search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; as bottler search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; letters to search
  • Newton, Thomas; and acquisition of cider search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search