Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Stephen Cathalan, 29 September 1817

To Stephen Cathalan

Monticello Sep. 29. 17.

Dear Sir

In my letter of June 6. 17. I mentioned to you that a number of my friends & others who had tasted here the wines you had furnished me were so much pleased with their qualities and prices that they were about forming a company and engaging an agent in Richmond to import for them once a year what each should direct, & that I had promised when their association was made up to recommend their agent to you, & to warrant them faithful supplies. they have accordingly authorised Capt Bernard Peyton, a resident of Richmond and engaged there in the Commission business to apply to you for a supply of wines which he will name to you, and I am certain you will send him such both as to quality and price, as to encorage the enlargement of his future demands and to assist in relieving us from the adulterated & alcoholic1 beverages which have hitherto been imposed on us at high prices and familiarised to our tastes, vitiated by habit. I recommend Capt Peyton particularly to your esteem & favor, as highly worthy of it and as one from whom you will never experience any thing but what is correct and honorable. I always renew with pleasure the assurances of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from James Leitch to TJ; torn at seal, with three words rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “M. Cathalan”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL with additional bracketed notation: “Peyton.” Enclosed in TJ to Bernard Peyton, 29 Sept. 1817 (not found) (see Peyton to TJ, 4 Oct. 1817, and note).

1TJ here canceled “wines.”

Index Entries

  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ’s friends search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and wine for TJ’s friends search
  • Peyton, Bernard; introduced by TJ search
  • wine; for TJ’s friends search
  • wine; TJ recommends search