James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Roane, 7 April 1810

From John Roane

April 7th 1810

J Roane1 presents to Mr Madison a few bottles of wine, made of the native grape of Virginia; & also a little cyder, the product of a newly discovered seedling apple, both bottled about 6 weeks ago, the latter, too early for spring clarification. Without experience in the art of wine making, J Roane offers this, as evidence, that our grapes possess qualities, worthy the attention of skilful managers. The cyder proves the great variety of that liquor, which, might be made, from a judicious selection of apples. It never sparkles. A South Carolina paper of the past winter, furnishes some useful hints on fermenting wine, from which, experiments shall be made the ensuing fall. Such productions greatly assist the unskilful operator.

Would it be presumption to add, an opinion, that within our land, may be found, not only necessaries, but all the comforts & luxuries of life, by suitable application, & perseverence?

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1John Roane (1766–1838) represented King William County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1788–90 and 1792. He was a Republican congressman, 1809–15, 1827–31, and 1835–37. Judge Spencer Roane was his cousin (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 1st ser., 18 [1909–10]: 275).

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