Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joel Barlow, 18 March 1792

From Joel Barlow

London 18 March 1792


I know not what apology to offer for troubling you so often with my publications. I sent you last month a pamphlet, called “Advice to the Privileged Orders” &c. I beg you now to accept a little poem entitled, The Conspiracy of Kings. Though one of my Kings died while the Poem was in the press, it was not my fault. If this had been the case with all of them, I should have been willing to have suppressed the publication for so good a cause.—I am Sir with great respect your obet. servt.,

J. Barlow

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 8 June 1792 and so recorded in SJL.

Barlow sent TJ a copy of the first edition of his The Conspiracy of Kings; A Poem Addressed to the Inhabitants of Europe, from Another Quarter of the World (London, 1792). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952-1959, 5 vols. description ends No. 2825. Emperor Leopold II was the recently deceased monarch alluded to by Barlow.

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