Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Appleton, 29 September 1817

To Thomas Appleton

Monticello Sep. 29. 17.

Dear Sir

Some friends of mine who have been pleased with the Montepulciano I have recieved from you on former occasions have formed together an association, and have engaged Capt Bernard Peyton, a resident of Richmond, and doing business on commission, to apply to you for a supply of that particular wine, and I promised to give him a letter recommending him to your attention and favor. I have not hesitated to assure them and him that they will recieve from you what, both as to quality and price will encorage them to renew their calls annually hereafter as they wish to do: and I have no doubt the taste for this superlative wine will spread, and the demand be enlarged; & that you will thus be instrumental in doing us a great good, that of diverting the taste which habit has given us from the strong and coarse wines of the peninsul and islands to the innocent and elegant produce of the vineyards of Montepulciano. I recommend Capt Peyton particularly to your esteem as highly worthy of it, and one on whom no degree of confidence will ever be misplaced. accept the assurance of my constant esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Wilson Cary Nicholas to TJ, 16 June 1817; at foot of text: “Thomas Appleton esquire”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL with the additional bracketed notation: “do,” to indicate its relationship with TJ’s letter to Stephen Cathalan of this date, listed immediately above (brackets in original) as “Cathalan Stephen [Peyton].” Enclosed in TJ to Bernard Peyton, 29 Sept. 1817 (not found) (see Peyton to TJ, 4 Oct. 1817, and note).

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