Thomas Jefferson Papers

William D. Simms to Thomas Jefferson, 28 August 1818

From William D. Simms

Custom House Alexandria 28th August 1818.


In the absence of the Collector, I have the honor to address you, with the information, that I have shipped (via Norfolk) nine Boxes of wine and one1 Bale of Macaroni, to the care of Mr Gibson at Richmond.—

Below is a note of the duties and charges which I have paid.

With great respect I have the honor to be Sir yr ob Servt

W D. Simms D.C.

Amt of  Duty on  wine 8 Bottles  $32. 26.
Do Do Macaroni 72.
Freight from Marseilles pr Bill 10. 50
Do to Norfolk 2. 50
Custom House charges 1. 70
Wharfage & Drayage 65.
Dolls —48. 33

RC (MHi); adjacent to signature: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Sept. 1818 and so recorded in SJL; notation by TJ at foot of text: “Oct. 27. 18. remitted 50.D. to Colo Charles Simms.”

1Manuscript: “on.”

Index Entries

  • food; macaroni search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • macaroni; sent to TJ search
  • Simms, Charles; as collector at Alexandria search
  • Simms, William Douglass; as deputy collector at Alexandria search
  • Simms, William Douglass; forwards wine to TJ search
  • Simms, William Douglass; letters from search
  • taxes; customs search
  • wine; sent to TJ search