Thomas Jefferson Papers

Julius Oliver to Thomas Jefferson, 27 September 1819

From Julius Oliver

Marseilles 27. Septemb. 1819.


You have, no doubt by this time, received Mrs Samatan’s respects to you of the 10th Ulto informing you the irreparable loss we have made by the Death of Mr S. Cathalan. Since his marriage, I was as everybody that was attached to him obliged to leave his house, he repented it but too late, he asked to see all his acquaintances which was not granted by his Wife, & it was but an hour previous to his Death that his Daughter forced her way to him.—   I have taken the liberty to mention you these circumstances knowing the interest you bore for him, & by the inclosed letters you can easily see that I have made a great loss.—I had the honor to be chancellor of the consulate during ten years to the satisfaction of all the Americans who came in Marseilles during that period, & I would have continued till now had not that unfortunate marriage taken place.

We have been honored with your esteemed favour of 26th may last received on the 3d inst & have taken note of its contents, the inclosure for Mr Sasserno has been duly forwarded to him.—till now we have not received the wine you asked of him—I have Seen Mr Bergasse, & will do our utmost to fulfill your orders, he has some old vin cuit, which will answer you in lieu of Muscat Wine—   The present goes per the Brig Intelligence J. Boddily Master which could not take any thing on freight,—We have in Port the Brig Lady Monroe of Baltimore, Captn Pullen has promised me to take charge of your commissions if he returns which is very probable—

Mr J. Vaughan of Philadelphia’s remittance of F1312.50.c has been accepted, & will no doubt be punctualy paid.

You may rely, Sir, that any thing that I may do for you will be a true pleasure for me, Mrs Samatan presents you her best compliments, & Joins me in the hopes that the divine providence will preserve you many years in perfect Health.

In mean time, I am Sir with great Respects
Your most obt Servt

Dupl (MHi); on a sheet folded to form four pages, with letter on p. 1, RC of Oliver to TJ, 9 Oct. 1819, on p. 2, and MS of that letter’s enclosure on p. 3; at head of text: “Duplicate”; at foot of text: “The Hon: Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Dec. 1819. RC, not found, recorded in SJL as received 10 Dec. 1819 from Marseille. Enclosures not found.

Julius Oliver (ca. 1787–1863), merchant and public official, was a native of France. He was orphaned by 1795, when Stephen Cathalan sent him to study in Philadelphia. Oliver became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1803. Beginning the following year he was chancellor of the American consulate at Marseille, and by 1805 he owned a ship, the brig Jefferson, which sailed between France and various ports in the United States. Oliver was married in Marseille in 1820 and resided there at the time of his death (Oliver’s naturalization record, 8 July 1803 [DNA: RG 21, NPEDP]; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, James P. McClure, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 43 vols. description ends , 31:107–8; Cathalan to TJ, 9 May 1805 [DLC]; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 7:249, 10:151; marriage and death certificates, FrMADBR).

vin cuit: literally, “cooked wine”; “wine boiled down to a certain thickness and sweetened” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Bergasse, Henry search
  • Boddily, J. (ship captain) search
  • Cathalan, Elizabeth Fraisse (Stephen Cathalan’s second wife) search
  • Cathalan, Eulalie Marthe (Stephen Cathalan’s daughter); and death of S. Cathalan search
  • Cathalan, Eulalie Marthe (Stephen Cathalan’s daughter); sends greetings to TJ search
  • Intelligence (brig) search
  • Lady Monroe (brig) search
  • muscatel (wine) search
  • Oliver, Julius; and wine for TJ search
  • Oliver, Julius; as U.S. chancellor at Marseille search
  • Oliver, Julius; identified search
  • Oliver, Julius; letters from search
  • Oliver, Julius; relationship with S. Cathalan search
  • Pullen, Randall (ship captain) search
  • Sasserno, Joseph Victor Adolphus; and wine search
  • Vaughan, John; and TJ’s lines of credit in Europe search
  • vin cuit (wine) search
  • wine; muscatel search
  • wine; sent to TJ search
  • wine; TJ orders from S. Cathalan search
  • wine; vin cuit search