Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Stockdale, 17 July 1788

To John Stockdale

Paris July 17. 1788.


I had written the preceding letter yesterday, but it had [not] yet gone out of my hands when I received yours of the 11th. inst. I must refer you to my letter of Oct. 10. 1787. for an explanation of the credit I state on the next leaf for Watson’s Phil. III. as also for the maps. All I wished as to the maps was to avoid loss, which I shall not do, charging you 10d. a piece instead of 1/ a peice which had been at first understood to be the price. I wish you had sent your whole impression to Charlestown, Richmond, Philadelphia and Boston, as I believe it would have been sold immediately. As the work could not be bought there, the periodical papers retailed it out to the public by piecemeal till at length (as I am informed) a bad edition is printed, either without a map or with a slight sketch of one. My letter of yesterday will also explain to you my desire as to the Reviews and Repository. I put this letter under cover to Mr. Trumbull who will be so good as to pay you the balance of £13–12. Should I have mistaken the price of the Reviews and Repository yet to come, or that of the octavo edition of Phil. III. which was the one you sent me, he will be so good as to accede to your correction of those articles. I am Sir your very humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

Th: Jefferson to Mr. Stockdale Dr.

£   s  d
1788. July 11. To balance of account this day rendered   56  6  8
To Monthly and Critical reviews from July to Decemb. 1788.      13  6
Repository to Dec. 1788. viz. No. 11–16       6
 57  6  2
By charge of Dec. 9. 1786 of Watson’s Philip III in 4to 25/. instead of 2.v. 8vo. 16/    0  9  0
By pd. for 12. vols of Sandford & Merton & P. Grandison 13livre tournois–4      11
By use of map plate 1025 copies @ 10d   42 14  2
   Balance due to Mr. Stockdale  13 12  0
£ 57  6  2

PrC (DLC); slightly torn; TJ began a postscript and then erased it, leaving only faint traces of “P.S.” and one or two words. This letter covered that of yesterday, and both were enclosed in TJ to Trumbull, following.

Stockdale’s letter of the 11th. Inst. is recorded in SJL Index, but has not been found; it transmitted a statement of TJ’s account showing a balance due of £56 6s. 8d. For a note on TJ’s copy of Watson’s Phil. iii, see Sowerby, description begins Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, compiled with annotations by E. Millicent Sowerby, Washington, 1952–55 description ends No. 180, Robert Watson’s The History of the Reign of Philip the Third, King of Spain, 2 vols., 8vo., London, 1786.

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