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You are both admirable. men. Do not be divided!

I am sorry to learn that an uneasiness has grown up between the Chevalier Yrujo and yourself. as far as is within my own observation I can bear witness in favor of both that I have never heard either say a word to the prejudice of the other … [Yrujo’s] worth & candour being known to us would facilitate affairs between the two governments … and I observed your conduct on all subsequent occasions to have been in the same spirit.
To Joseph Yznardi, Sr., January 10, 1802

Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Wise leaders seek to mend fences between feuding parties.
Yrujo had been Spain’s minister to America, recalled at President Adam’s request over a disagreement Yrujo had with Adams’ Secretary of State Pinckney. Yznardi functioned both in Spain’s diplomatic corps and as one of Jefferson’s wine merchants.
Learning that Yrujo’s recall had caused a breach between the two respected Spaniards, Jefferson was eager to help mend the rift. He did that in a way that affirmed his regard for both men, testifying:
1. He never heard either say an ill word about the other.
2. Yrujo’s character would be an asset in America’s dealings with Spain.
3. Yznardi demonstrated “the same spirit” as Yrujo.

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I must have wine!

… you mention having for disposal two casks of white & red Sherry, and one of Malaga. if the Sherry be dry, I will gladly take them, as also the Malaga. if you could order for me a pipe [cask] of dry Pacharetti, and one of dry Sherry of the first qualities, to be forwarded from Spain by the first safe occasion I should be obliged to you … I wish the wines as old as could be got, so as to be ready for immediate use
To Joseph Yznardi, Sr., March 24, 1801

Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Some leaders are very particular about their lubrication.
After Jefferson sold his personal library of 23,000 books to Congress, he wrote, “I cannot live without books.” He began to buy more books. He did not write, “I cannot live without wine,” but he certainly could have. He loved wine, having two or three glasses each evening, more if the after-dinner company was particularly enjoyable. He limited the alcohol’s effect by drinking only weaker wines.

The footnote to this letter, available at the Yznardi link above, provides details on what Jefferson received from this order. The “pipe” alone contained 129 gallons.

Note that Jefferson did not inquire about the price or set a limit on what he would pay. Another source claims, “According to Hailman’s Jefferson on Wine, Jefferson spent $3,200 per year on wine during his first term, which equates to roughly 13% of his annual salary.”

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