Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joshua Dodge to Thomas Jefferson, 24 September 1821

From Joshua Dodge

Marseilles 24. september 1821

Respected Sir,

I was favoured on the 31t July with the duplicate of your esteemed letter of the 19th April, the original of which reached me on the 21. instt. I regret the long passage of the Union caused you any apprehension respecting the safety of the Shipment by her. My firm has duly executed the new commissions you give me & has Shipped them on board the Brigantine Packet of Newburyport1 Captn Campbell (which is the first vessel that has cleared out for the U. States, since the receipt of the duplicate of your letter of 19 April) consigned to the Collector of the Port of Boston who has orders to forward the same to you. You have annexed the Invoice amounting to F 1136.67.2 which my firm has passed to your debit. I received on the 21st inst the remittance you had directed Mr Vaughan3 to make me & I have negociated it as noted at foot of this letter. The net produce of F 1043.05. has been passed to your credit by my firm to which I shall also transfer the small balance of your funds in my hands of F.119.27. It may be necessary to observe to you that the oil generally shipped from this place to America is received from the Riviera of Genoa & does not stand in more than about F.13. per Basket or Case of 12 Bottles, whilst the oil I have always Shipped for you is the Superfine Oil of Provence, which costs nearly double the price, owing to its very Superior quality & flavour.—I have recommended to the care of Captn Campbell a medal of Bishop Belzunce who So much distinguished himself in this place by his patriotism & humanity during the plague of 1720. He will deliver it to the Collector at Boston to be forwarded to you & I hope it will prove acceptable. I wish the Packet may have a quick passage & that your provisions may reach you safe & in good condition. I need not assure you of the pleasure I shall ever feel when you afford me opportunities of being of use to you & I remain, Dear sir

your most obedt humble servt

JoshA Dodge

F.1060. at 60 d/sight of S. Girard on Laffite & Co Paris.
16. 95. { 15.90. Agio a 1½%.
 1.05. Brokerage.
1043. 054 nett proceeds of remittance
119. 27 old balance my favr
1162. 32
1136. 67 cost of present invoice
35. 65 present balce my favor

RC (MHi); with ending of postscript in TJ’s hand and his additional calculation beneath signature that the figure 1,043.05 divided by 200 is 5.21½; addressed in a clerk’s hand: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Dec. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. Dupl (MHi); in the same clerk’s hand; with RC of Dodge & Oxnard to TJ, 1 Oct. 1821, subjoined. Enclosed in Dodge & Oxnard to TJ, 1 Oct. 1821, and Henry A. S. Dearborn to TJ, 12 Dec. 1821.

agio is the percentage charged when exchanging a currency for a more valuable one (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 ).

1Preceding two words not in Dupl.

2In Dupl beneath this figure, TJ subtracted the sum 119.27 for a total of 1,017.40.

3RC: “Vaugham.” Dupl: “Vaughan.”

4Dupl ends here. In RC, remainder of text is in TJ’s hand.

Index Entries

  • Belsunce de Castelmoron, Henri François Xavier de, bishop of Marseille; medal honoring search
  • Campbell, George (ship captain) search
  • Dearborn, Henry Alexander Scammell; as Boston customs collector search
  • Dodge, Joshua; and medal for TJ search
  • Dodge, Joshua; letters from search
  • Dodge & Oxnard (Marseille firm); account with TJ search
  • Dodge & Oxnard (Marseille firm); and wine and groceries for TJ search
  • food; olive oil search
  • Girard, Stephen; and TJ’s lines of credit search
  • health; plague search
  • Jacques Laffitte & Compagnie (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with Dodge & Oxnard search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from Dodge & Oxnard search
  • Marseille; plague in search
  • medals; honoring H. F. X. de Belsunce de Castelmoron search
  • medals; sent to TJ search
  • oil; olive search
  • olives; oil search
  • Packet (brigantine) search
  • plague; in Marseille search
  • Union (brig) search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and payments made for TJ search