James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Newton Jr., 26 September 1804

From Thomas Newton Jr.

Norfolk Septr: 26. 1804

Dr Sir.

I have sent to Messrs Ricketts & Newton1 for you two quarter Casks of Wine—one of Madiera of six years old of a superior quality, the of [sic] other of Lisbon such as can be recommended as genuine. You had better fine small quantees [sic] of both Kinds in order to give them fair trials. I wrote to you some time ago informing you that I should send the above wine to you,2 but could never accomplish it until a few days ago in consequence of disappointments from the Captains of the Packets. Should you want any more you can with ease procure it of a quality superior to any to be had else where on the Continent. My friend Dr. Fernandes, a partner of the house of Olivera of Madiera has just recd a Cargo of excellent wine. That house is justly celebrated for Shipping the best of Wines. Dr. Fernandes has likewise good port wine. I have for my own use purchased a quarter cask of the latter, and consider it the best wine of that Kind I ever tasted.

I shall at all times with pleasure receive and execute your commands. I have had your wine Cased to protect it agt. depredations and Water. With sentiments of regard & esteem I remain Yr. Obt: Servt

Tho: Newton Jr.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Merchants Ricketts and Newton were located on King Street in Alexandria, Virginia (Miller, Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, 2:74).

2Newton to JM, 19 May 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 7:233.

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