Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Stockdale, 15 August 1788

From John Stockdale

Piccadilly 15th Augt. 88.


I have this Instant received your two Letters by the hands of my good friend Mr. Trumbold and the ballance of your Account up to the present time, as per Account annexed Viz £13.13.6. for which I return you my sincere thanks as well as for your kind remittance of the French Books. From Letters which I have received from different Gentlemen in America I am convinced that the whole of the Impression of your Book would have been sold immediately had they been sent there, but I have my doubts wether I should have been able to have got remittances for them, having not yet received any, or even answers to my Letters, for several Years Past, excepting Dr. Ramsay. But I sincerely hope that the new Constitution will have the desired effect and put them upon a better footing. I am Just inform’d by a friend from Philadelphia that the report of the failure of Mr. Aicken Bookseller was groundless. I am with great respect & esteem Sir Your obliged and yr. very hble. Servt.,

John Stockdale

RC (MHi); endorsed. The account annexed is substantially the same as that stated in TJ’s letter to Stockdale of 17 July 1788; the reviews and their appendixes came to 15s. instead of the 13s. 6d. estimated by TJ, thus making the item “By Cash of Mr. Trumbold” £13 13s. 6d. instead of £13 12s. Od.

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