Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Simeon Baldwin, 3 December 1792

From Simeon Baldwin

New Haven Decr. 3d. 1792.


At the request of Mr. Andrew Law, I take the Liberty to inclose to you, a Copy of The Rudiments of Music &c. and of The Musical Magazine &c of which he is the Author, and as such has entered both in my office according to Law. It is Mr. Laws request that you will be pleased to forward to me a Certificate acknowledging the receipt of them. I have the honor to be with great respect your very Hble Servt.

Simeon Baldwin Clk
of the Distt. of Connecticut

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); at foot of text: “The Hon. The Secy of State”; endorsed by a clerk as received 7 Dec. 1792.

Simeon Baldwin (1761–1851), a Yale graduate and Connecticut lawyer, was clerk of the Federal District Court in that state from 1790 until 1803, when he resigned after his election to Congress as a Federalist. Andrew Law (1748/49–1821), a graduate of Rhode Island College in 1775, was a Connecticut composer, compiler, and teacher of sacred music. By this time he had published at least six other books of hymnody (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ). The books enclosed for registry under the copyright law were The Rudiments of Music …, 4th ed. (Cheshire, Conn., 1792), and The Musical Magazine; containing a Variety of Favorite Pieces (Cheshire, Conn., 1792).

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