Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Barbour to Thomas Jefferson, 18 March 1819

From James Barbour

Barboursville March 18h 19

Dear Sir

On my leaving Washington, I cheerfully, at the request of Mr Macon, took charge of a box; as also of a letter addressed to you—I was informed of the contents of each—If the wine Sent you, by Mr Macon, equal his hopes, Justified as they are by the Specimens furnished our mess, this winter, by the politeness of Dr Hall, it will be to him peculiarly gratifying—For to the pleasure of presenting you a testimonial of his profound respect, and Sincere friendship, he adds that of furnishing an evidence1 of a rapid improvement, in the manufacture of this wine, destined to become, in Some future time a substitute for a more expensive and a more noxious beverage—This token of Mr Macon’s regard, I had intended to do myself the pleasure of delivering in person, at your April Court—But upon my getting home, and examining my bagage brought by my wagon from Acquia, I found another box addressed to you, thro’ Mr Gray—Lest the detention of this should produce inconvenience I deemed it best to Send it to day to Gordon’s to be carried up by the Stage—I hope they will both arrive Safe—

Accept assurances of my high respect

Jas Barbour

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Mathew Carey, 11 July 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; franked; postmarked Barboursville, 18 Mar. Enclosure: Nathaniel Macon to TJ, 28 Feb. 1819.

1Manuscript: “evdence.”

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County Court, Va. search
  • Barbour, James; and transmission of packages to and from TJ search
  • Barbour, James; letters from search
  • carriages; stagecoaches search
  • Gordon’s Tavern (Gordonsville) search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; and transmission of packages to and from TJ search
  • Hall, Thomas H.; and scuppernong wine search
  • Macon, Nathaniel; and wine for TJ search
  • scuppernong (wine) search
  • wagons; mentioned search
  • wine; scuppernong search
  • wine; sent to TJ search