Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Steele to Thomas Jefferson, 22 February 1820

From John Steele

Custom House Philada Feby 22d 1820

Dear Sir

The wine mentioned in yours of the 7th instant was yesterday laden on board the Schr Industry, Corson master, and addressed to the care of Mr Gibson at Richmond

Soon after the arrival of the Emma Matilda in our waters I recieved Mr Dodge’s letter on the subject and would have forwarded the wine to Mr Gibson, as formerly, at an earlier day; but the vessel, being detained by ice for some weeks, did not reach our port until the 18th

Supposing the Boxes not sufficiently secure to sustain the land carriage from Richmond I directed them to be strapped—Enclosed you will recieve a memorandum of the duty & charges

As any small service I may have the opportunity of rendering will always be performed with pleasure, I hope you will not deem apology, in future necessary

Accept the assurance of the sincere esteem & regard of

Jno Steele

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Mar. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

Index Entries

  • Corson, Mr. (ship captain) search
  • Dodge, Joshua; and wine for TJ search
  • Emma Matilda (ship) search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Industry (schooner) search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); and packages for TJ search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); letters from search
  • taxes; customs search
  • taxes; on wine search
  • weather; ice search
  • wine; sent to TJ search