Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Steele, 27 October 1818

To John Steele

Montic[ello] Oct. 27. 18.

Dear Sir

After a long absence from home, and a longer spell of sickness following it, and from which I am but recovering, my first attentions have been to the remittance of duties and charges for the 2. boxes of wine you were so kind as to recieve and forward to me. the exact amount was 18.58 for which I now inclose a 20.D. bill of the US. bank, which is as near as I can come in bills. the fractional1 difference need not be regarded.

I expect daily other shipments of books and wines from Havre and Marseilles. should they come to your port I will ask the favor of you to have them reshipped immediately to mr Gibson at Richmond noting to me the duties and charges which shall always be faithfully remitted. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Anthony Charles Cazenove to TJ, 3 July 1818; dateline faint; at foot of text: “John Steele esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “fraction,” probably reflecting incomplete enhancement of faint word by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second; currency of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); and packages for TJ search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); letters to search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); TJ pays search
  • taxes; customs search
  • wine; tariff on search
  • wine; TJ arranges delivery of search