Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 23 May 1795

To Archibald Stuart

Monticello May 23. 1795.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 3d. inst. has been recieved and I have this day packed all the books which were at home in 2. boxes and lodged them with Colo. Bell to be forwarded by the first careful waggon to Staunton. Those not now sent had been lent to my nephew Dabney Carr in Louisa, and I have to send a small cart for them, which shall be done soon, and they shall be packed and lodged with Colo. Bell in like manner. I have been able to put in a set of the statutes in 6. vols., instead of that in 3. vols., so as to bring them much lower down.—I think you have a watch and clock mender in Staunton. Does he ever pass this way? If he does, I should be glad he would call upon me to do a little work. I have a large clock for the top of my house which needs to be cleaned only and fixed up: also a small chamber or table clock which requires a small article of repair. It might employ him three or four days in the whole. We could furnish here all the tools and implements necessary for the work. On the back hereof you will find a catalogue of the books now sent. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your sincere friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

Hargrave’s Coke Littleton The following remain yet
Barrington on the Statutes. to be sent.
Hawkins’s Pleas of the crown. Fitzherbert’s N.B.
Lilly’s entries. Atkyns 3. v.
Modern entries. Burrows 3. v.
Sullivan’s lectures. Kelynge
Andrews reports. P. Williams.
Barnardiston’s Ld. Raymond
Comyns. 1st. Salkeld
Croke Strange.
Dyer Vernon.
Modern rep. 11. vols.
Precedents in Chancery
2d. vol. of Salkeld.
Year books.
Tables to the reports
Statutes at large.

RC (ViU: McGregor Library); with list of books on verso; addressed: “Archibald Stuart esq Attorney at law Staunton”; stamped. PrC (MHi); lacks list of books. Dupl (ViHi); at head of text: “Duplicate”; with list subjoined, crosses being added in a different ink next to all books in left column; at foot of text: “turn over”; on verso of RC of TJ to Stuart, 11 June 1795.

Your favor of the 3d. inst.: SJL records a letter from Stuart to TJ of 3 May 1795, received 7 May 1795, which has not been found. 6. vols., instead of that in 3: TJ evidently sent a six-volume edition of The Statutes at Large, from Magna Charta, to the Thirtieth Year of King George the Second (London, 1758), rather than an earlier three-volume set, The Statutes at Large … to March 14, 1704 (London, 1706). 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. 1815. In July TJ received two hundred dollars from Stuart “in part paiment for books” (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 25 July 1795).

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