Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Appleton to Thomas Jefferson, 18 March 1820

From Thomas Appleton

Leghorn 18th march 1820—

my last respects to you, Sir, were under date of the 15th of January, by the brig Eliza, bound to Petersburg, virginia; and by which conveyance, I sent you, and to the care of the Collector, a bag of Bologna hemp-seed, in which, were also, four little packages of the white gentili grain of Tuscany, which I sincerely hope, will find a congenial climate in your part of America.—The wives of the Raggi’s, are now supported by the bounty of their friends, for it is long since they expended the last cent left by their husbands.—the last letter of your’s, which has reach’d my hands, was dated at poplar forest on the 3d of September; in which you mention, having given orders to remit them 300– Dollars; but to the present time, no draft has been receiv’d by me.—madame mazzei, is likewise frequently calling, to inquire for her moitiè of the interest, as also if a portion of the capital may be shortly expected; for having seperated from her daughter, who I am Sorry to find, impatiently supports the untutor’d mind of her mother, and often reproaches the memory of her father, for having equally divided between them, the little patrimony—I am thus, in some measures, the confident of both; but I never fail whenever your1 remittances arrive, to explain to the mother2 de viva Voce, the amount which falls to her share, for she relies more on my equity than on the good faith3 of her daughter.—If you should not view it, as indecorous in me to give advice, I should recommend to discharge as soon as it shall suit your convenience, both principal & interest of the concern of mazzei; as a portion of the former, they inform me, is requisite to discharge a mortgage which oppresses them; and the latter, is necessary for their support.—the uncertainty if my preceding letters have reach’d your hands, is the reason why, I so often make a tender of my services, in the case of your having occasion for marble-blocks, either Statuary, vein’d, or blue; or of any architectural works, or chimney-peices, for the edifice, over which you superintend.—I have an interest in the finest quarries of Carrara, and the first workmen of that place, at my disposal.—I believe, I am correct, when I assure you, that I can deliver in Baltimore, or Petersburg4 any such commission, in 9 months from the date of your order; and certainly, at one half, what similar works would cost in the U: States.—

Command me, Sir, on all occasions, when I can be of use to you, & accept the renewal of my very Sincere esteem & respect.

Th: Appleton

RC (DLC); addressed: “To Thomas Jefferson esqr Monticello U: S: America”; franked; stamped “SHIP”; postmarked Philadelphia, 8 June; endorsed by TJ as received 16 June 1820 and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 84, CRL); in Appleton’s hand; at head of text: “by the brig farmer’s fancy Capt Isaacs for Phila.”

1Manuscript: “you.”

2Preceding three words interlined.

3Instead of preceding two words, FC reads “fidelity.”

4Preceding two words interlined in RC and FC.

Index Entries

  • 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; letters from search
  • Appleton, Thomas; quarries of search
  • building materials; marble, Carrara search
  • Carrara marble search
  • Elizabeth (brig) search
  • Farmer’s Fancy (brig) search
  • hemp; Bologna search
  • Isaacs, Isaac (ship captain) search
  • Italy; marble from search
  • Italy; seeds from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and P. Mazzei’s property search
  • Jones, Joseph; as collector at Petersburg search
  • marble; Bardiglio search
  • marble; Carrara search
  • Mazzei, Antonia Antoni (Philip Mazzei’s second wife); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Pini, Elisabetta Mazzei (Philip Mazzei’s daughter; Andrea Pini’s wife); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • quarries; in Italy search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; family of search
  • Raggi, Michele; family of search
  • seeds; hemp search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • seeds; wheat search
  • Tuscany, Italy; wheat from search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; wages for workmen search
  • wheat; Tuscan white gentil search