Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Anderson, [before 30 June 1792]

From James Anderson

[before 30 June 1792]


I was honoured with your obliging letter of the fifteenth of Septr. last accompanied with your valuable paper on uniformity of weights and measures which I have perused with much pleasure and instruction. It is the more valuable to me at this time, as my son is just now composing a book on weights, measures, monies coins and exchanges, in every part of the world, and he wishes to have the most authentic information of all that can be procured.

I beg you will do me the honour to accept a copy of the first Six volumes of the Bee, which will accompany this. It is merely as a testimony of respect I offer it—for altho’ I have the best intention possible to make it a work not undeserving the attention of every patriotic minister, yet I have not had it in my power to come near to that point I aim at. The 7th. volume is just printed, and I regret I could not get one copy done up in time to go by this opportunity—but should the vessel be detained a day or two it shall be sent. I am just beginning only to tread that ground I wish more fully to occupy.

Should your other avocations permit you to favour me with an occasional communication as circumstances occur, I shall deem my self highly honoured by it. No man wishes more sincerely to promote the welfare and prosperity of your country than I do. You are not to be told that the destruction of every country originates in abuses of government. Europe affords at present a striking proof of the evil tendency of these abuses. Long may it be before America begins to feel them. I have the honour to be with great respect Sir your most obedt. Hu Servt.

Jas Anderson

RC (DLC); undated; endorsed by TJ as received 30 June 1792 and so recorded in SJL with the notation “no date. from Edinburgh.” According to SJL, Samuel Campbell’s missing covering letter of 27 June 1792 was also received from New York on 30 June 1792.

The Bee, or Literary Weekly Intelligencer, edited by Anderson, was published at Edinburgh in 18 volumes between 1791 and 1793. See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 4927.

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