Thomas Jefferson Papers

Memorandum from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe on Scuppernong Wine, [ca. 29 April 1817?]

Memorandum to James Monroe on Scuppernong Wine

[ca. 29 Apr. 1817?]

The wine called Scuppernon (or some name like that) is made as I am informed on the South side of Albemarle Sound, on & near a creek of that name. it is easily procured by a correspondent in Norfolk with which place Scuppernon has a short and direct communication by water. I had asked the favor of mr H. G. Burton of N. Carolina to procure me a correspondent from whom I could get regular supplies of that wine in future; he named to me his friend mr Pettigrew with whom he would make arrangements for that purpose. a strict charge is necessary not to put a drop of brandy in it. of three samples which I have seen, two were totally destroyed by doses of brandy, the 3d had some, but not so much as to drown entirely the flavor of the wine, which I am persuaded is fine if left pure & native unadulterated by any kind of cookery.

MS (DLC: Monroe Papers); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated, with date conjectured from date of receipt of Hutchins G. Burton to TJ, 2 Apr. 1817; at foot of text: “Th: Jefferson for President Monroe.”

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  • Monroe, James; and wine search
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