Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Victor Adolphus Sasserno, 5 April 1818

To Victor Adolphus Sasserno

Monticello in Virginia Apr. 5. 18.


I am in hopes you recieved in due time my letter of Feb. 22. and with it your Consular commission. two days ago came to hand the 200. bottles of wine you were so kind as to furnish me last through mr Cathalan. it is an excellent & well-flavored wine, and would give unmixed satisfaction could we forget that furnished the preceding year, which pleased here beyond any wine I have ever seen. the preceding parcel differed from the last only in it’s being what we call a little silky, that is to say very lightly sweetish, but so little so as to be barely sensible. whether this difference proceeds from a difference in the year, or that it is from a different vineyard, I do not know; and I mention it that if it is from a different vineyard, you may know our preference of the preceding supply. I have made a remittance to mr Cathalan for 300. bottles for this year which I pray you to furnish of the best, and as promptly as possible because of the necessity of their arrival here before the winter sets in, for if after that, our coast is so dangerous in winter that they cannot be reshipped from the port at which they arrive to Richmond or Norfolk (my ports)1 till the ensuing spring. I salute you with assurances of my attachment & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; adjacent to signature: “M. Sasserno”; notation by TJ at foot of text: “original thro’ mr Vaughan duplicate thro’ deptmt State & M. Gallatin both under cover to mr Cathelan” (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. Enclosed in TJ to Stephen Cathalan, 5 Apr. 1818, 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 “Richmond (my port).”

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from S. Cathalan search
  • Nice; U.S. consul at search
  • Nice; wine from search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • Sasserno, Joseph Victor Adolphus; and wine search
  • Sasserno, Joseph Victor Adolphus; consulship for search
  • Sasserno, Joseph Victor Adolphus; letters to search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • wine; of Nice search
  • wine; sent to TJ search
  • wine; TJ orders from S. Cathalan search