Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Steele to Thomas Jefferson, 3 July 1819

From John Steele

Collectors office Philada July 3d 1819

Dear Sir

The box of seeds forwarded by Mr Beasley from Havre, by the Brig John Burguin, I have agreeably to your instructions, of the 25 May, delivered to the Son of Mr McMahon—I have since1 recieved from Mr Cathelan at Marseilles a Basket of Maccaroni and a small box of Raisins, by the Scr Gleaner, for your use, which I have shipped on board the Schooner Hamlet, bound to Richmond, addressed to Mr Gibson of that place, with request to have them forwarded to you—As the ship owner would not charge freight, there is no expence in this case but $1–92 duty2 which I have paid, and which balance due you on last occasion of $1–42 and I think a small balance at an earlier day, which I do not precisely recollect will abundantly cancel

I am with great esteem & respect yours

Jno Steele

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 10 July 1819 and so recorded (with additional bracketed notation: “maccaroni & raisins”) in SJL. RC (CSmH: JF); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Wayles Baker, 19 Jan. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 3 July.

1Manuscript: “sinc.”

2Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; consul at Le Havre search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); as commercial agent in Marseille search
  • food; macaroni search
  • food; raisins search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and shipments to TJ search
  • Gleaner (schooner) search
  • Hamlet (schooner) search
  • John Burgwin (brig) search
  • macaroni; duty on search
  • macaroni; sent to TJ search
  • McMahon, Thomas Paine; TJ sends seeds to search
  • raisins; sent to TJ search
  • seeds; sent by TJ search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); and packages for TJ search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); forwards seeds search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); letters from search