Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Mann Randolph, 12 December 1822

Norfolk 12th Decr 1822

Dear Sir

I have to day seen a Mr Mauray of this place who has about 4 or 5 quarter casks, of the Scuppernon wine, 2 Yrs. old, which he says he will sell at 87½¢ a Gall. if you take it all, he brought it in from Carolina for a gentleman of Norfolk, who declined takeing it because it is not sweet—It is very different from that I drank at Monticello, I have therefore obtained a bottle which I shall send by tomorrows Steam Boat to Coln Peyton, with a request to forward it to you as early as possible, the wine is scarcely known here, & there is no one who imports it. I informed you in a former letter that Captn Crane had disposed of all of his Marcella, there is a Mr Gatewood here however, a partner of a house in Mallaga with whom I have had some conversation on the subject of that wine, who says he will import it for you genuine, & of the very best quality, he has sent a considerable quantity to this place, which is said to be the best ever drank here—after recieving the sample of the S. [. . .]should it please you, I will make whatever arrangements you may direct for sending it to you

Yrs. very Affectionately

Thomas M. Randolph

As I think it probable my Father will like to take some of this wine I will be much obliged to you to send him a part of the sample.—

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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