Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Lee, 12 September 1804

United States Consulate Bordeaux Sep 12. 1804


Having good reason to believe that the Wine which Mr. Periot sent you during my illness though very good was not of the growth you demanded & thinking it possible you may have exhausted that stock, I have taken the liberty to send you the Ship Fabius Capt. Hughes of Alexandria bound to New York, three dozen of Chateaux Margaux, Six dozen of Rozan, and six dozen of Sauterne all of the growth of the year 1798 and which I believe will be found equal if not superior to any wines ever drank in the United States. I have also shipped on board the same Vessel three Boxes containing Fruits in Brandy, Dried Fruits, and Comfitures as Bill of Loading enclosed which I hope Sir you will do me the honor to accept of. These articles I should have sent much earlier by some Vessel bound to Norfolk Baltimore Phila. or N York had not the Captain of the Fabius told me some weeks since that he was bound direct to Alexandria: Having changed his Voyage I have addressed them to the Collector of the Port of New York who no doubt will take the necessary precautions to forward them to the seat of Government.

With great respect I am Sir yr obliged & obdt. St.

Wm Lee

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.


American Consulate Bordeaux 12 Sepr. 1804

Invoice of Five Cases of Wine shipped on board the Ship Fabius Capt. Hughes bound to Newyork & consigned to the Collector of the Custom there on acct. of the President of the United States of America.

TJL No 1 One Case contg. 36 bottles of Chauteaux Margaux of the year 1798    at 1⅓ D = 7 fr 252
N 2 Two Cases contg. 72 bottles of Rozan of 1798   at .72 Cents = 4/10 324
3 Two Cases contg. 72 bottles of Salus Sauterne at .36 cents = 45.10 162
5 Cases   3 fr 10 fr 17.50
Porters & Boatmen 3
Permit & outward duty 20 40 50
148.28 D= fr 778 50

Memorandum of Preserved fruits put on board the said Vessel of the President of the United States—

1 Case contg. 10 flacons of Prunes damas blancs
10 Reine claude
10 Peaches
10 Chinois
10 Abricots
1 Case contg. 20 20 Pots of Gelées assorted
20 do. Fruits au Sucre
1 Case contg. 10 10 Cases Confitures séches

Wm. Lee

[Text in italics in Thomas Jefferson’s hand]

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