Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 2 June 1807

June 2. 07.

Th:J. to mr Gallatin.

I presume we must furnish mr Christie with a revenue cutter and sell the Dolly. if Bright & Travis are not fit for their places, it is our duty of get rid of them, & this indirect way will hurt them less.   —Bernard Ewell is a federalist, but I believe moderate, and not unjust towards the administration.

I did not put into the Tariff the wines of Florence & Nebioule, because the latter is never imported here, & the former so rarely that I thought it might remain in the class of non enumerated or ad valorem wines. the Montepulciano which is the best of the Florence wines costs .75 per gallon, from whence the prices of the others descend gradually very low. it might be named in the class of .67 without too much multiplying the classes. the following amendments to the Tariffs will explain it better.

in the 1.25 class strike out ‘Grave’ and insert ‘the wines of Medoc & Grave not before mentioned, those of’

Note * add ‘the 4. crops are Lafitte, Latour & Margaux in Medoc & Hautbrion in Grave.’

Note + strike out the whole note & insert ‘Blanquefort, Calon, Leoville, Cantenac &c, are wines of Medoc; Barsac, Sauterne, Beaume, Preignac, St. Bris, Carbonien, Lançon, Podensac &c, are of Grave. all these are of the 2d. order, being next after the 4. crops.’

NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.

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