Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Wilson (for Robert Patton) to Thomas Jefferson, 9 January 1818

From William Wilson (for Robert Patton)

Alexandria 9th Jany 1818


I was favor’d with your letter of 25th Ulto & since with another containing Invoice of the Books, but this was not necessary, as the Collector had previously admitted the valuation as stated by Mr Beazly in his letter to me—I therefore return the Invoice with the Accompanying letter—   This day I Shipt the Case of Books ⅌ Sloop Antelope Captn West for Richmond, addressed to Messrs Gibson & Jefferson, & inclosing to them a bill of Loading with a statement of the charges, (copy of which at foot) which I requested them to remit to me

I am very Respectfully Sir Your Mo Obed st
Robert Patton Jr
 Wm Wilson
Cash paid duties &c $23.35
freight & primage 2.75
Charges at Havre } 1.80
 9 Franks
drayage & Wharfage .30
Commission 1.50

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as a letter from “Wilson Wm” received 14 Jan. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: de Bure Frères to TJ, 23 Oct. 1817, and enclosure.

The collector at Alexandria was Charles Simms. primage: “a charge to cover the cost of loading or unloading a ship” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Antelope (sloop) search
  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; and books for TJ search
  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and books acquired by TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; purchases from de Bure Frères (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; Invoice from de Bure Frères search
  • Patton, Robert (d.1826); and books for TJ search
  • Patton, Robert (d.1826); letters from search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • Simms, Charles; as collector at Alexandria search
  • taxes; customs search
  • West, Mr. (ship captain) search
  • Wilson, William; as clerk for R. Patton search
  • Wilson, William; letter from search