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    [Thomas Jefferson]. John Vaughn Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Philadelphia, November 1, 1819, to William Kemble in New York concerning a shipment of wine. Vaughn, who regularly sold wine to Thomas Jefferson, instructs Kemble: "When the wine arrives it shall be forwarded to Mess E I Du Pont &c:. . . ." Addressed in his hand to Kemble on the integral transmittal leaf (on verso). A good, wine-related letter by one of America's early prominent importers. Minor loss at bottom from seal tear, usual folds, else fine condition.

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    Vaughn, an English-born wine merchant, met Benjamin Franklin in Paris in 1778 and emigrated to Philadelphia in 1782 where be established himself as a successful wine merchant. Among Vaughn's regular clients were Thomas Jefferson and Eleuthère Irénée Du Pont. Although not a scholar himself, the American Philosophical Society chose him as its treasurer. During his lengthy tenure in that capacity, Vaughn was instrumental in building the Society's library collections. Vaughn also used the Society's cellar to store his vast inventory of wines and later lived in the building, residing in the painter Thomas Sully's former studio. His reputation for generosity and kindness was overshadowed soon after his death after it was discovered he was co-mingling his personal finances with that of the Society.

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