From David Gelston
NewYork Novr. 7th. 1805
Enclosed is Capt. Bells bill of lading for two cases, I also enclose an account of the duties and expenses I have paid.1
The articles have received so much damage in the several changes they have undergone & the marks being so imperfect, perhaps some of the articles shipped to the President may belong to you. I have made a statement (enclosed) of the different proportions of Messrs. Robinson & Hartshornes bill of tonnage, but you will see it must be guesswork. You will have the goodness to arrange the whole.
I shall not trouble the President with another long statement, only beg leave to refer him to you.
Mr. Butler has paid his proportion of all expenses but tonnage money $168. If the statement is correct his proportion is $30.44.
The articles are all shipped to the care of the Collector at Alexandria I dare not wait longer—but unfortunately, the next day after I had engaged Capt Bell—Capt Lee, bound direct to Washington made his appearance from Connecticut. Sincerely yours
RC and enclosures (DLC). For enclosures, see n. 1.
1. The enclosures (4 pp.; each dated 7 Nov. 1805) are (1) a list of expenses for tonnage and light money on the Adventure ($168), duties on the imported goods ($45.50), and cartage and storage ($8.44), from which was deducted $9.64 received from Pierce Butler, for a total of $211.85. JM further deducted the $30.44 due from Butler for tonnage; (2) a bill of lading for two cases shipped on board the President from New York to the collector at Alexandria, signed by Boaz Bell Jr.; (3) a detailed statement of the $45.50 in duties; and (4) a breakdown (docketed by JM) of the $168 tonnage showing $102.34 due from Jefferson for seven boxes and two jars, $9.54 from JM for one box, $30.44 from Butler for two boxes, $15.41 for one box marked MM, and $10.27 for an unmarked box, from which JM again deducted the $30.44 due from Butler. For JM’s wine that was captured by the British and brought to Halifax, see Gelston to JM, 8 Aug. 1805.