To Simeon Theus
Monticello Feb. 20. 17.
I recieved yesterday only your favor of Jan. 22. and two days before had written a letter on the subject of the wine mentioned in your letter addressed to ‘The Collector for the district of Charleston.’ after so long a retirement from the knolege of what is passing, I did not know who might be now in office there. your letter was therefore the more acceptable as evidence that you were still in life and function. it has not informed me however what duties are to be paid for the wine, and the freight & other charges which you have probably advanced for me. the object of the present therefore is to ask that information. if an occasion occurs of your drawing for it at once on messrs Gibson & Jefferson, my correspondents at Richmond, they will pay it at sight; if no such occasion I will remit it by mail in banknotes recievable with you, as soon as made known to me. accept my thanks for your obliging attentions on this occasion & the assurance of my great respect and esteem.
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Simeon Theus esq.”; endorsed by TJ.
Theus’s favor of jan. 22, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 19 Feb. 1817 from Charleston.