Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Gelston, 9 March 1818

To David Gelston

Monticello Mar. 9. 18.

Dear Sir

In your letter of Feb. 6. you were so kind as to inform me that you had that day shipped my wines on board the schooner Brilliant, Capt Black, belonging to Richmond. having heard nothing of her since, and that date having been followed by a month of dreadful weather, I am become quite uneasy lest some accident should have befallen her. it is to relieve this that I trouble you to say in a single line to me, whether she is safe, or any thing known of her. always sincerely

Your friend & sert

Th: Jefferson

RC (Grace Floyd Delafield Robinson, Greenport, N.Y., 1947); addressed: “David Gelston esq. New York”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 10 Mar.; endorsed by Gelston. PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

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 to search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • wine; sent to TJ search