Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Miller, 30 January 1819

To Joseph Miller

Monticello Jan. 30. 19.

Dear Captain

I shall want a supply of good corks to bottle our beer and cyder, as soon as they can be got. it is so provoking to lose good liquor by bad corks, and so uncertain to get them good from Richmond that I had rather trespass on your friendship to get them for me in Norfolk, where I expect better ones can be got, and selected by your better judgment. I therefore inclose you a 5. Dollar bill, and I will pray you to send me the amount of it in good corks. I imagine the steam boats give a quick opportunity of sending them to Richmond where it will be better I believe to address them to Capt Peyton, who has more to do with the Milton boats than mr Gibson, and can probably forward them quicker. I salute you [with] [fri]endship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph C. Cabell to TJ, 18 Jan. 1819; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Capt Joseph Miller”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL with additional bracketed notation “5.D.”

Index Entries

  • alcohol; beer search
  • beer; brewed at Monticello search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • brewing; at Monticello search
  • cider; brewing and bottling of search
  • corks; TJ orders search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • household articles; corks search
  • Miller, Joseph; and corks for TJ search
  • Miller, Joseph; letters to search
  • Milton, Va.; boats traveling to and from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); brewery at search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • steamboats; in Va. search