Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 9 March 1818

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Mar. 9. 18.

Dear Sir

On the 6th day of Feb. mr Gelston of N. York shipped for me at that place a supply of wines from Marseilles on board the schooner Brilliant, Capt Black, belonging to Richmond, addressing them to messrs Gibson & Jefferson. I have diligently watched the arrivals at Richmond announced in the newspapers, without seeing her’s. and as that date was followed by very bad weather, I fear some accident has happened. in the mean time, being in dailey expectation of her we have drank our last bottle of wine on hand. the object of this letter therefore is, if she is not arrived (which can be known at mr Gibson’s) to ask the favor of you to get for me a quarter cask of the best Sicily Madeira (unbrandied) which you can find, and forward it by either Johnson or Gilmer’s boat, in double cask; for which mr Gibson as usual will be so good as to pay. but if the Brilliant is arrived, instead of making a purchase, to have the wines she brought forwarded by either Johnson or Gilmer themselves, or if they are not there themselves to send a single box by any other boat bound to Milton, the rest waiting for Johnson or Gilmore themselves. you see Dear Sir, that I am as free in asking, as you are in rendering good turns. I am quite uneasy till I know the fate of Black. ever & affectionately your’s

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Joseph C. Cabell to TJ; at foot of text: “Capt Peyton”; 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
  • Gibson, Patrick; and wine acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and wine acquired by TJ search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; Milton boatman search
  • Johnson, William (boatman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Madeira (wine) search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • wine; Madeira search
  • wine; sent to TJ search