Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Gelston, 28 January 1818

To David Gelston

Monticello Jan. 28. 18.

Dear Sir

I am much obliged by the communication in your favors of the 21st & 22d of the arrival of my wines at New York, and still more by your kindness in undertaking to send them on to Richmond at once, without waiting my directions. that being my only port on tidewaters, and one from whence we have water carriage to my own landing, is of course the one to which every thing must come to me; & messrs Gibson & Jefferson are my standing correspondents there. the 2. casks marked T.I. No 1. and 2 contain the one 33. the other 31. velts, called together 128. gallons of wine of Roussillon, or Perpignan of France and the one marked T.R.I. contains 31½ velts of the same wine, & of course 63. gallons. the 4. boxes marked T.I. & E.C. No 1. 2. 3. 4. contain each 50. bottles of wine of Nice.

whenever the duties & other charges payable at N. York are ascertained your draught for the amount on Gibson & Jefferson will be paid at sight; or if not convenient to draw, be so good as to notify the amount to me by mail, & the return of the mail shall convey it to you in bills of the US. bank. I pray you to accept of my best wishes for your health & happiness and the assurance of my friendly esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (John S. Nichols, New York City, 1959); addressed: “David Gelston esquire New York”; franked; postmarked Milton, 29 Jan.; endorsed by Gelston. PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Reuben G. Beasley to TJ, 29 Sept. 1817; salutation trimmed; mutilated at seal, with one number rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ.

A missing letter from Patrick Gibson to TJ of 22 Jan. 1818 is recorded in SJL as received from Richmond on the date of the above letter.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second; currency of search
  • banks; currency issued by search
  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • currency; paper search
  • Gelston, David; and wine for TJ search
  • Gelston, David; letters to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from accounted for search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); as TJ’s agent in Richmond search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Nice; wine from search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • Roussillon, France; wine from search
  • taxes; customs search
  • taxes; on wine search
  • wine; of Nice search
  • wine; of Roussillon search
  • wine; sent to TJ search
  • wine; tariff on search