Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel J. Harrison, 18 September 1817

To Samuel J. Harrison

Poplar Forest Sep. 18. 17.

Dear Sir

As you expressed a wish to have a note of the wines I mentioned to you yesterday, I make one on the back hereof. I can assure you that they are esteemed on the continent of Europe1 among the best wines of Europe, and, with Champagne, Burgundy Tokay are used at the best tables there. I think Roussillon of Rivesalt is that which will be most used in this country, because strength & flavor are the qualities which please here, as weakness & flavor do there. a first importation will enable you to judge for yourself, and should you select any on trial & wish to import them hereafter yourself either for the tavern or your own table, I will give you letters to mr Cathalan our Consul at Marseilles & mr Appleton our Consul at Leghorn, both of them my friends & correspondents of 30. years standing. I salute you with friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); on a single sheet folded to form four pages, with letter on p. 1, MS of enclosure on p. 2, and address on p. 4; addressed: “Mr Samuel J. Harrison Lynchburg.” PoC (MHi); with PoC of enclosure on verso; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “Euorope.”

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; and wine for TJ’s friends search
  • burgundy (wine) search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ’s friends search
  • champagne (wine) search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; and wine search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; wine search
  • Rivesaltes, France; wine from search
  • Roussillon, France; wine from search
  • Tokay (wine) search
  • wine; burgundy search
  • wine; champagne search
  • wine; of Rivesaltes search
  • wine; of Roussillon search
  • wine; TJ recommends search
  • wine; Tokay search