Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joshua Dodge to Thomas Jefferson, 12 July 1822

From Joshua Dodge

New York 12 July 1822.

Esteemed Sir—

I take the liberty of informing you of my arrival in this place on the 10 instt from Marseilles, via Paris, London & Liverpool; family business, which required my presence in my native town, rendered it necessary that I should make a temporary visit to Salem for which place I leave tomorrow, & should consider it a high honor to have the pleasure of hearing from you during my Stay there. It having been very necessary that I should arrive at Salem as soon as possible, I had not time to await the Presidents permission. I sincerely hope he will excuse my having so done, I shall hold myself ready at his orders to depart for Marseilles at a moments warning, & I should esteem it a very high favor if you would write to him on the subject; I have wrote to the secretary of State concerning same & have forwarded him a letter from Mr Gallatin respecting it; during my temporary absence from Marseilles, Mr Thomas Oxnard, a native of Portland & nephew of the late Commodore Preble is encharged with my procuration for conducting the Consular business. I am in hopes to obtain permission from the President to remain a few months in the United States, & if So, I shall do myself the pleasure of paying you my personal respects, an event which I very much desire.   I yesterday recd your esteemed letter of 11 ultmo addressed to me at Marseilles, which I shall forward to my house by first opportunity, probably next week, & you may depend that immediate attention shall be paid to its contents; the price of our Brandy, was, when I left, at about 300 frs per pipe of 120 Gall. the quality is very good particularly that of Cette of which we make considerable shipments from our Port, half pipes or quarter pipes could be had, costing perhaps a little extra, or it could be bottled; it would be necessary to know the colour that would be wanted; whether dark or light. I forward by this days post a pamphlet which our Consul at Paris requested me to send you—

I have the honor to remain very respectfully, Sir, Your Most Obedt Servt

Josha Dodge

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 18 July 1822 and so recorded in SJL; with additional notations by TJ adjacent to endorsement relating to his reply to Dodge of 19 July 1822: “Presidt. visit. brandy dark.” RC (DLC); address cover only; with FC of TJ to Charles J. Ingersoll, 16 Oct. 1824, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello. Virginia”; franked; postmarked New York, 12 July.

The pamphlet sent to TJ at this time at the request of our consul at paris, Isaac Cox Barnet, has not been identified.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John Quincy; as secretary of state search
  • alcohol; brandy search
  • Barnet, Isaac Cox; sends works to TJ search
  • brandy; French search
  • Cette (Sète), France; brandy from search
  • Dodge, Joshua; and wine and groceries for TJ search
  • Dodge, Joshua; letters from search
  • Dodge, Joshua; plans to visit TJ search
  • Dodge, Joshua; visits U.S. search
  • Dodge & Oxnard (Marseille firm); and wine and groceries for TJ search
  • Gallatin, Albert; and J. Dodge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from Dodge & Oxnard search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and J. Dodge search
  • Oxnard, Thomas; conducts consular business search
  • Preble, Edward; U.S. naval commander search
  • State Department, U.S.; and Marseille consulate search
  • wine; TJ orders from Dodge & Oxnard search