Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Appleton to Thomas Jefferson, 23 August 1819

From Thomas Appleton

Leghorn 23d August 1819—

Dear Sir

On the 15th of the present month, I receiv’d your letter of the 28 of may; at the Same time, was convey’d to me a draft by mr Vaughan on Paris for=450– dollars; and on the 19. inst I deliver’d & paid to m. & mde Pini—444= dollars for the year’s interest, as will appear by their receipt now inclos’d—there is, therefore, in my hands, to your credit 6. dollars, which join’d to a former balance of 8 tuscan livres, make together=7. Dols. 20– Cts.—

I have fully express’d to mr & mde Pini, your regret of the former delay; indeed, I translated all that part of your letter which relates to them—they desire me, in turn, to express to you, their Sincere gratitude & respect.—I am greatly astonish’d that the two Raggi’s, had not reach’d Monticello on the 28. may. as they departed from hence on the 18 march.—my last letter was in date of 30. april, by the Scho Adeline, Capt. Rumney for Alexandria, by whom I Sent you 91 bottles of tuscan wine; a bundle of malta-clover-Seed, and another of the yellow-Cotton-Seed of that island.—the vessel departing, I can only add, the renewal1 of my great respect & esteem.

Th: Appleton

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Oct. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to George Alexander Otis, 15 Feb. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson. esqr Monticello Virginia”; stamped “SHIP”; franked; postmarked New York, 18 Oct. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 84, CRL); in Appleton’s hand; varies slightly from RC, with the most significant difference noted below; at foot of text: “Sent by Brig Orleans to New York—& Sail’d 24. Augt.” Enclosure: Receipt from Elisabetta Mazzei Pini and Andrea Pini to TJ, Leghorn, 19 Aug. 1819: “I sottoscritti riconoscano di aver Ricevuto dal Sigre Tommaso Jefferson di Virginia negli Stati uniti di America; per le mani del Sigre Tommaso Appleton Console di America in Livorno, la somma di quattrocento quarantaquattro Pezzi duri di Spagna, per un’Anno di Frutti sopra il Capitale che ritiene a Cambio il Suddetto Sigre Jefferson. Fatta in triplicata per un solo effetto, e pagamento, a noi Contanti diciamo Pezzi duri 444” (“The undersigned acknowledge having received from Mr. Thomas Jefferson, of Virginia in the United States of America, through the hands of Mr. Thomas Appleton, the American consul at Leghorn, the sum of four hundred forty-four Spanish pesos duros, being the interest for one year on the capital held by the aforesaid Mr. Jefferson. Done in triplicate for only one use. We state that we received in cash 444 pesos duros”) (MS in DLC; in an unidentified hand, signed by both Pinis; translation by Dr. Jonathan T. Hine).

1Sentence to this point in FC reads “The vessel sailing in the course of the day, affords me only the time to Renew the Sincere expressions.”

Index Entries

  • Adeline (schooner) search
  • Appleton, Thomas; account with TJ search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and seeds for TJ search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and stonecutters for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and wine for TJ search
  • Appleton, Thomas; letters from search
  • clover; seed search
  • cotton; yellow search
  • Italy; stonecutters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; account with T. Appleton search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; and P. Mazzei’s property search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; orders wine from T. Appleton search
  • Malta; seeds from search
  • Orleans (brig) search
  • Pini, Andrea Tozzi (Elisabetta Mazzei Pini’s husband); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Pini, Elisabetta Mazzei (Philip Mazzei’s daughter; Andrea Pini’s wife); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Michele; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Rumney, Edward (ship captain) search
  • seeds; clover search
  • seeds; yellow cotton search
  • Tuscany, Italy; wine from search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and payments made for TJ search
  • wine; of Tuscany search