Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joshua Dodge to Thomas Jefferson, 25 November 1820

From Joshua Dodge

Marseilles 25 Novr 1820

Respected Sir,

I have been favored with your esteemed favor of 13 July last with a note of sundry articles you wish me to procure & forward to you, consigned to the Collector of the Port to which the Vessel bearer of them is bound, I thank you Sincerely for having afforded me this opportunity of being useful, as nothing can be more gratifying to me than to Shew the warm & respectful attachment I Shall ever entertain for you. Your enclosures were carefully delivered.

You have enclosed bill of lading of what I have been able to procure from the best sources & which I have Shipped on board the Union Capt Williams & consigned to the Collector of the first Port (not South of the Chesapeak) the Said Brig may arrive at, I send to the Collector the Invoice amounting to 364. Frs. 70 c which I have passed to your debit. The price of the Clarette de Limoux having risen to 50 Sous & Mr Chevalier, who informs me that he has only about one hundred bottles left in his Store, having refused to let me have it at the last price of 40 Sous, I have limited my purchase to fifty Bottles. The 150 bottles of Ledanon I have requested Mrs Priscilla Cathalan Of Nismes to procure & forward Same to me. she has informed me that Mr Tourneysen who had effected the last purchase would attend immediately to my Commission.

The Cask Rivesaltes ordered of Mr Durand arrived just in time to be Shipped on the Union, but I have not yet received an account of its Cost. I regret much that the 150 bottles Ledanon have not reached me in time for this Vessel, but I hope to receive them soon & you may rely on my zealously attending to their earliest Shipment. John Vaughan Esqr of Philadelphia has remitted to me for your account under date of 25 July a bill of 1060 frs at 60 days sight on Messrs James Lafitte & Co of Paris which I have negotiated & the net Proceeds of which I have credited your account. Our trade here is in a complete State of Stagnation since the measures lately enforcednotwithstanding the obstacles I have met from Some of the authorities here, I have succeeded in preventing any of our Vessels from coming in & they are now, I am confident, Sufficiently warned to avoid the Snare, Such Cargoes as were destined for this Port have proceeded to Nice where part has been Sold & the remainder Shipped for this place in French Vessels, thereby enjoying the benifit of a lesser Consumption duty. thus the measure of the French Government has not been injurious to any but themselves & this place Suffers from it in a much greater proportion than most French Ports as Our American Vessels now supply Piemont & the Levant, which formerly took their Supplies from the Entrepot of Marseilles. The Union is one of the Vessels that went to Nice from whence She has come round here in ballast to load. I sincerely wish matters may soon be arranged on the equitable grounds So properly insisted on by our Government. This letter and the Invoice of your Supplies (which I have Sent to the Collector in order to enable him to do the needful at the Custom house) will be sent you by him. If you are Satisfied with my endeavours to fulfil your wishes, may I request as a token of your satisfaction that you will on all occassions, where I can be of use, command my Services. for being occupied in any thing that relates to a person So justly intitled to love & veneration, is the most pleasing task to which I can devote my exertions.

I remain with the greatest respect

Your most Obedt Servt

Josha Dodge

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “To Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello, Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 May 1821 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found. Enclosed in Joseph Wilson to TJ, 23 Apr. 1821, not found (see note to TJ to Wilson, 10 May 1821).

measures lately enforced: in retaliation for a 15 May 1820 United States “Act to impose a new tonnage duty on French ships and vessels,” French authorities passed their own ordinance on 26 July of that year levying additional duties on American vessels arriving in French ports (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, 1845–67, 8 vols. description ends , 3:605; American Beacon and Norfolk & Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, 16 Sept. 1820).

Index Entries

  • An Act to impose a new tonnage duty on French ships and vessels (1820) search
  • Cathalan, Priscilla; and wine for TJ search
  • Chevalier, Jean Joseph; and wine for TJ search
  • clairette (wine) search
  • Dodge, Joshua; and wine and groceries for TJ search
  • Dodge, Joshua; invoices from search
  • Dodge, Joshua; letters from search
  • Durand, François; and wine for TJ search
  • France; and U.S. search
  • Jacques Laffitte & Compagnie (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; Invoice from Joshua Dodge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from J. Dodge search
  • Lédenon, France; wine from search
  • Rivesaltes, France; wine from search
  • Tourneysen (Tourneron; Tourneyzon), Jean Jacques; wine merchant in Lédenon search
  • Union (brig) search
  • United States; and France search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); handles financial transactions search
  • Williams, Simon T. (ship captain) search
  • wine; clairette search
  • wine; of Lédenon search
  • wine; of Rivesaltes search
  • wine; TJ orders from J. Dodge search