Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Gelston to Thomas Jefferson, 6 February 1818

From David Gelston

New York February 6th 1818,

Dear Sir,

Your letter of the 28th ultimo I received in due course—

The Schooner Brilliant, Capt Black, belonging to Richmond, being in this Port, I have availed my self of so good an opportunity, and have this day shipped your wines, the casks & boxes appear in excellent order, I wish them safe to hand, and with, My best wishes for your happiness, am,

Very sincerly—your’s

David Gelston

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Feb. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 5 Apr. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; franked; postmarked New York, 7 Feb.

On this date Gelston wrote Gibson & Jefferson two brief notes, the first, through Capt. William black, enclosing certificates for TJ’s wine and stating that “when the costs are ascertaind I Shall by direction of Mr J. forward the amo to you” (FC in CtMyMHi: Gelston Papers; in Gelston’s hand; at foot of text: “Messrs Gibson & Jefferson”), and the other, sent by mail, covering a bill of lading for said wine (FC in same; written in Gelston’s hand on verso of preceding FC; dateline lacking year; perpendicularly in left margin: “to Gibson & Jefferson Feb 6. 1818”).

Index Entries

  • Black, William (ship captain) search
  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • Brilliant (schooner) search
  • Gelston, David; and wine for TJ search
  • Gelston, David; letters from search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and wine acquired by TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • wine; sent to TJ search