Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Barbour to Thomas Jefferson, 30 April 1821

From James Barbour

Barboursville April 30th 21

Dear Sir

Some years past I recollect to have drunk some ale at Monticello which I understood was of your own brewing—The manner of doing which you had obtained by a recipe from some intelligent Briton—Being desirous to introduce that kind of drink and having a facility in preparing the materials of which it is made you will oblige me much by furnishing me with a copy of the recipe as soon as your convenience will permit.

I present you my respects

James Barbour

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 6 May 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

The intelligent briton was Joseph Miller.

Index Entries

  • alcohol; ale search
  • ale search
  • Barbour, James; and brewing search
  • Barbour, James; letters from search
  • brewing; process of search
  • Miller, Joseph (1776–1824); as brewer search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); brewery at search