Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Hugh Holmes, 21 December 1818

To Hugh Holmes

Monticello Dec. 21. 18.

Dear Sir

I inclose you the letter to mr Cathalan of Marseilles which you request in yours of the 6th. let me advise you by all means, besides the wine of Nice, to desire from him some of Bergasse’s claret. be assured you will find it a fine wine, superior to most of what can be bought in America, and it will cost you there 24. francs, say a guinea the box of 24. bottles.

[A]fter the pleasure of seeing you here, I became much worse, and was indeed reduced very low. but I am now in good health and strength, and much indebted to my friends for their sympathies on the occasion. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Cooper to TJ, 26 Aug. 1818; one word faint; at foot of text: “Judge Holmes”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Stephen Cathalan, 21 Dec. 1818.

Index Entries

  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ’s friends search
  • claret (wine) search
  • Holmes, Hugh; and wine from S. Cathalan search
  • Holmes, Hugh; letters to search
  • Holmes, Hugh; visits Monticello search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; staphylococcus infection search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Holmes, Hugh search
  • Nice; wine from search
  • staphylococcus; TJ infected with search
  • wine; claret search
  • wine; of Nice search