Thomas Jefferson Papers

Kershaw & Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, 30 December 1818

From Kershaw & Lewis

Charleston 30th Decemr 1818


Agreeably to instructions from our much respected Friend Colo William Alston of George Town, we have put on board the Sloop Altezera, Capt J. B. Levy, for Richmond, a Barrel of Rice directed to you to the care of Captn Bernard Peyton—we have inclosed a Bill of Lading to Capt Peyton and requested him to forward the Rice to your Residence at Monticello—the Freight is paid to Richmond.

with much respect We are Sir Your most Ob’d Servants

Kershaw & Lewis

P. S. The Box of Wine for Colo Alston arrived safe.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Jan. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Joel Yancey, 22 Feb. 1819, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia”; stamped; postmarked Charleston, 30 Dec.

Kershaw & Lewis was a mercantile partnership formed by the factors Charles Kershaw (1760–1835) and John Lewis (ca. 1777–1839) by 1813 in Charleston, South Carolina. Both men had emigrated from England, with Kershaw arriving in the city by 1788 and Lewis by 1801. The firm became Kershaw, Lewis, & Robertson by 1833, and Lewis continued to work as a factor in various partnerships after Kershaw’s death (James H. Easterby, ed., The South Carolina Rice Plantation as Revealed in the Papers of Robert F. W. Allston [1945; repr. 2004], esp. 37–8, 377; Joseph G. B. Bulloch, A History and Genealogy of the Families of Bellinger and De Veaux and Other Families [1895], 37; Joshua W. Toomer, An Oration, Delivered at the Celebration of the First Centennial Anniversary of the South-Carolina Society, in Charleston [1837], 89; Jacob Milligan, The Charleston Directory [Charleston, 1794], 22; Alexander S. Salley, comp., Marriage Notices in The South-Carolina Gazette and its successors [1902], 101; John Dixon Nelson, Nelson’s Charleston Directory, and Strangers Guide [Charleston, 1801], 91; [Charleston, 1816], 47; Charleston Courier, 21 Apr. 1813; gravestone inscriptions in Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church, Charleston).

Index Entries

  • Alston, William; sends rice to TJ search
  • Alston, William; wine for search
  • Altezera (sloop) search
  • Kershaw, Charles; as merchant search
  • Kershaw & Lewis (Charleston firm); and goods for TJ search
  • Kershaw & Lewis (Charleston firm); identified search
  • Kershaw & Lewis (Charleston firm); letter from search
  • Levy, J. B. (ship captain) search
  • Lewis, John (of Charleston); as merchant search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • rice; sent to TJ search
  • wine; for TJ’s friends search