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Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening That Changed America

Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening That Changed America

Charles A. Cerami

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0470450444

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Cerami wittily recounts the evening in rich detail.
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Only two guests were invited to what was arguably the most elegant, sumptuous, and important dinner party that Thomas Jefferson ever hosted. Each course was prepared and laid out in advance so that no servants would enter the dining room to disrupt conversation and overhear random remarks, which they might later repeat to others. Privacy was imperative. Jefferson believed that the very future of the United States of America depended on convincing Alexander Hamilton to agree to a compromise he and Madison were proposing on two issues that threatened to tear the young republic apart.

Plying his guests with the fine wine and exquisite cuisine only a former ambassador to France could provide, Jefferson set the stage for a compromise that enabled the federal government to pay its debts, both domestic and foreign, and make the American dollar ""as good as gold.""

In Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's, you'll discover the little-known story behind this pivotal evening in American history, complete with wine lists, recipes, and wonderful illustrations of 1790s New York, then the nation's capital. It is a feast not to be missed for lovers of American history, fine dining, and a compelling true story well told.

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monarchy. He was influenced by knowing that nearly 80 percent of America’s foreign sales were to the British and that nearly all the U.S. government’s income came from customs duties that were charged on imports from England. He was very ready to praise Benjamin Franklin for having brought France around to helping America win its independence. But even on the day the Treaty of Peace was being signed, the American government could not have functioned without the customs duties being collected on

possibilities for profit, but that also had to be watched to see what new universal pattern it might suddenly display. Hamilton’s assumption scheme was a major part of this. And now it had turned out that Thomas Jefferson had apparently signed on as one of its promoters. Not for the first time—nor for the last—Europe was misreading America. To realize how great a sacrifice Jefferson was making in this painful move, it helps to be reminded how bad the Assumption Bill appeared in his own mind:

action on any given subject. It had been so during the war, when Captain Hamilton’s suggested responses to incoming mail suited the general perfectly, and when Colonel Hamilton’s remarks on strategy often seemed wiser to Washington than the opinions of his senior generals. It was noticed often enough by the older officers to cause tight-lipped resentment. And it continued to be so in the political world that Washington was trying to fit himself into. Hamilton was such a great help to him, yet

But it is certain that whatever was lost at that dinner had been regained. In the last few years of the eighteenth century, Jefferson had seemed almost uninterested while friends, led by James Madison and James Monroe, had urged him to make a determined run for the presidency. Every time his name was mentioned publicly, masses of people responded. It was clear that he was a charismatic figure, even with no effort on his part. But by November 1799, at long last, we find words on paper to show

with, it is now indispensable that they should be strictly enforced. You will perceive that they are only required in respect to vessels belonging wholly or in part to a citizen or citizens, inhabitant or inhabitants of the United States. It is understood that by inhabitant is intended any person residing in the United States, whether citizen or foreign. The reason of the limitation is that citizens and resident foreigners are supposed to be acquainted with the laws of the country; but that

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