Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to David Campbell, 10 November 1791

To David Campbell

Philadelphia Nov. 10. 1791.


I have now the pleasure to inclose you a catalogue of books on the scale you mentioned to me. I would advise you to establish your correspondence with some bookseller in Dublin, from whence such of them as have been printed there will cost you not two thirds, and the law books not one third of what they will in London.

I thank you, Sir, for the compliment you have been pleased to pay me in the naming of your son. Nobody is more sensible than myself of the little pretension I have to distinctions of that kind; but there is the greater cause of being thankful for them.—I have the honor to be with great esteem, Sir your most obedt. humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Judge Campbell.” TJ recorded in SJL receipt of a letter from Campbell of 3 Nov. 1791, now missing.

Campbell, a judge in the Southwest Territory, was currently visiting in Philadelphia. The enclosed catalogue of books (missing), might have been the Lackington’s Catalogue from which TJ ordered books about two weeks later, showing no reluctance to pay London prices himself (TJ to Alexander Donald, 23 Nov. 1791).

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