Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Appleton, 4 April 1818

To Thomas Appleton

Monticello Apr. 4. 18.

Dear Sir

Your’s of Dec. 20. was recieved on the 13th Ult. & covered the acceptable letter of Madame Pini, which gave me infinit[e] satisfaction, as it rendered legitimate a delay which is of much con[v]enience to me, and shall not injure her. be so good as to present to her & to M. Pini my acknolegements for this indulgence, & the assurance that their trust shall not be abused, that the interest shall be sacredly remitted always within the course of the summer, and the principal shall be paid in portions as soon as I can do it with convenience. I have stated the account as I promised, consolidating the principal and interest; & I now remit to you through my friend John Vaughan of Philadelphia the sum of 460. Dollars, out of which be pleased to pay to M. and Mme Pini 445. D 66 C which is 1. D 66 C over the year’s interest in order to make the principal the round sum of 7400.D. and it’s annual interest 444.D. without fractions. I send you for them a copy of the statement, which is a sufficient document & evidence of the debt according to our laws.

There will be a small balance of 14. D 33 C not otherwise worth notice than as it may give me an opportunity of recieving it’s worth in a specimen of Orvietto wine, of which a friend of mine speaks so much in commendation, as a weak, & pleasant ordinary beverage, that I have a curiosity to become acquainted with it. he says it grows not very distant from Florence. you know the importance of it’s reaching our coast before the storms of the winter.   I recieved a few days ago mr Fancelli’s bill of Exchange with your endorsement to mr Perkins, and I this day return him an order on the bank of Virginia at Richmond, written on the back of their Certificate of the deposit. I am sorry it has laid there so unprofitably for him. had the time he would call for it been fixed, it might have been lent on interest, which by this time would have added 80.D. to it’s amount.   I very much regret indeed my ignorance of the degree of intercourse between Leghorn and Virginia, and that my unfortunate instructions to send the stone-cutter1 to no other port than Norfolk or Richmond have prevented our getting him. I must now therefore renew my request, with some change. in the first place I must ask that two be sent instead of one, as our college will furnish them abundant employment. and let both be competent to the cutting an Ionic or Corinthian capital. this is indispensable. Baltimore is the best port out of Virginia; & if you will consign them to John Hollins esq. merchant of that place with a recommendation to forward them without a day’s delay drawing on him in favor of the Captain or any other person for the passage money, & any other necessary expences advanced, he will honor the draught & forward the men. but do not omit to make a bargain with them in writing before they are shipped, and on the best terms you find practicable. I now write to mr Hollins to pay your draught and to recieve & forward the men. as to the gardener & vigneron formerly asked for, I am still doubting, & will let the request lie for further consideration. be assured of my constant friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on reused address cover of William Tilghman to TJ, 26 Mar. 1818; two words faint; at foot of first page: “Thomas Appleton esq.”; notation by TJ adjacent to signature: “original thro’ mr Vaughan duplicate thro’ deptmt State and mr Gallatin” (recorded in SJL, with entry keyed by an asterisk to the following notation: “1st by Vaughan. May 4. 2tes Deptmt of State May 12”); endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ’s Statement of Account with Philip Mazzei’s Estate, 5 Apr. 1818. Enclosed in TJ to John Vaughan, 8 Apr. 1818, TJ to Albert Gallatin, 9 Apr. 1818, TJ to Patrick Gibson, 10 Apr. 1818, and TJ to Daniel Brent, [ca. 12 May 1818].

1Reworked from “stone-cutters.”

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; and C. Bellini’s estate search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and stonecutters search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and vintner and gardener for TJ search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and wine for TJ search
  • Appleton, Thomas; letters to search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); and C. Bellini estate search
  • Bellini, Charles (Carlo Maria Marchionne); estate of search
  • Central College; stonecutters for search
  • Fancelli, Giovanni Battista; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Hollins, John; and stonecutters search
  • interest; TJ’s calculations of search
  • Italy; stonecutters from search
  • Italy; wine from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to P. Mazzei search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Statement of Account with Philip Mazzei’s Estate search
  • Mazzei, Philip; TJ’s debt to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); gardens search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); viticulture at search
  • Orvieto (wine) search
  • Perkins, Thomas; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Pini, Andrea Tozzi (Elisabetta Mazzei Pini’s husband); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Pini, Elisabetta Mazzei (Philip Mazzei’s daughter; Andrea Pini’s wife); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Vaughan, John; makes payments for TJ search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • wine; Orvieto search
  • wine; TJ orders from T. Appleton search