George Washington Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Tobias Lear, 22 November 1791

Thomas Jefferson to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia, 22 Nov. 1791]. Sends a statement for 1,680 livres, the cost of champagne imported for GW this year, and, since there were insufficient funds deposited abroad to cover GW’s present order for thirty dozen bottles of champagne, requests a bill on Amsterdam for 800 florins. This, with the undervaluation of the previous shipment, will probably total more than 2,000 livres.1

AL, owned (1945) by the estate of Charles William Whipple, New York; AL (letterpress copy), MHi: Jefferson Papers, Coolidge Collection.

For background to this letter, see Tobias Lear to GW, 5 June, n.4, 12 June, n.1, 23 June, n.2, GW to Lear, 19 June. See also William Short to Thomas Jefferson, 17 July, source note; Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends , 20:645.

1The enclosed statement is printed in Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends , 22:325. According to a receipt of 23 Nov., Jefferson transmitted to Lear a bill of Mordecai Lewis for 800 gilders payable to Van Staphorst & Hubbard (ibid).

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