Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles K. Mallory, 27 January 1819

To Charles K. Mallory

Monticello Jan. 27. 19.


I have just learnt that the brig Planter Capt Anderson bound from Marseilles to Petersbg has put in to Norfolk for repairs. she has on board for myself and my grandson Thos J. Randolph the articles noted below, which were consigned by mr Cathalan of Marseilles to the Collector of Petersburg, bills of lading only sent to him, & an invoice promised immediately, mr Cathal[a]n1 being sick at the moment of the vessel’s departure. mr Jones collector of Petersbg writes me that [by?] information from the house of Durkin, Hendersons & co. the brig [. . .] unload at Norfolk. but whether she does or not it is so much more expeditious & safe for them to be forwarded to Richmond direct, that, if the rules of office will permit it, I will request the favor of you to consider the consignment to yourself, enter the articles at your office, and forward them immediately to Richmond addressed to mr Gibson who will pay your draught for all expences and duties. I write this day to mr Jones to forward you the bills of lading, and the moment an invoice is recieved I will transmit it to you. in the mean time I think it probable you can settle the duties and draw for them without awaiting the invoice, the duties on the wines being fixed, and you can estimate the oil, anchovies & Maccaroni. this last article has cost me generally at Marseilles from 16. to 20. cents the pound. with my apologies & thanks for this trouble accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

TJ. 1. cask, in a double cask containing 64. galls red wine.
6. boxes containg each 50. bottles red wi[n]e, in all 300. bottles
1. box containing 12. bottles anchovies.
4. small boxes containing each 12. bottles superf. olive oil, in all 36. bottles. there are probably however only 3. boxes, as 5. gallons was the quantity written for.
1. box containing nett 90. ℔ Maccaroni. and 1. box of flowers (a present)

1. cask in a double cask containing 32. galls red wine [of Roussilon. same as the 64]2
2. boxes containing each 24. bottles red wine, in all 48. bottles

P.S. you will oblige me by a line of information what is, or can be done in this case

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Simeon DeWitt to TJ, 13 Jan. 1819; torn at seal and hole in manuscript; final postscript in left margin perpendicular to text; at foot of text: “Charles K. Mallory”; mistakenly endorsed by TJ as a letter of 7 Jan. 1819 but correctly recorded in SJL.

1Word faint.

2Brackets in original.

Index Entries

  • anchovies search
  • Anderson, Daniel (ship captain) search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ search
  • Durkin, Henderson & Company (Petersburg firm) search
  • fish; anchovies search
  • food; anchovies search
  • food; macaroni search
  • food; olive oil search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from S. Cathalan search
  • Jones, Joseph; as collector at Petersburg search
  • macaroni; sent to TJ search
  • Mallory, Charles King; and wine for TJ search
  • Mallory, Charles King; letters to search
  • oil; olive search
  • olives; oil search
  • Planter (brig) search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); orders food and wine from Europe search
  • Roussillon, France; wine from search
  • wine; for T. J. Randolph search
  • wine; of Roussillon search
  • wine; TJ orders from S. Cathalan search