Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Stockdale to William Short, 15 May 1787

John Stockdale to William Short

Piccadilly, London 15th. May, 1787.


I shall esteem it a particular favor if you’ll be so good as to send immediately on receipt of this, Mr. Jefferson’s plate for the Map of Virginia &c., as I have had his Book printed and waiting for publishing some time. The Season for Sale of Books in London, is now far advanced. Mr. Jefferson in his Letter dated Febry. 27th. inform’d me that I should certainly receive it by the 10th. of March last. I am exceedingly hurt to find that my Man has this Instant inform’d me that he has his doubts wether Mr. Adams’s Book was sent to you, agreable to Mr. Jefferson’s Order, as we find its not enterd in his Account but I still hope that it was sent. I have sent one this day with the Magazines. There will be very soon another Volume of Mr. Adams’s. Should be glad to know if that is wanting.

I am Sir Your obt. hble. Servt.,

John Stockdale

RC (DLC: Short Papers); endorsed: “Stockdale May 15 [received] 19, 87.”

Short must have erred in docketing this letter as received on the 19th, for on the day after that he wrote Stockdale: “Yours of the 15th is put into my hands at the instant of my setting off into the country, so that I have only one moment to inform you that I shall send immediately to the person who has the plate for the Map and desire him to let me have it in order that it may be forwarded to you. Sh[ould he be] done with it I have left the proper directions here for its being sent without losing a moment. You may be assured that it will not be detained an instant longer than absolutely unavoidable” (Short to Stockdale, 20 May 1787; DLC: Short Papers; in his letter to TJ of 21 May, Short spoke of having received Stockdale’s letter “yesterday”). Mr. Adams’s book had been sent to TJ by Adams himself, but the copy asked for on Mr. Jefferson’s order was for Froullé (see Froullé to TJ, 17 Feb. 1787).

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