Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edward Savage 10 January 1802

To Edward Savage

Washington Jan. 10. 1802.


Hearing that you have removed to New York and still carry on your business there, I take the liberty of applying to you for some print-frames with their glasses of the sizes mentioned below. my reason for troubling you particularly is that you know the style in which I like the frames to be made, having before made some for me by a model I furnished, and which I greatly prefer to those which are all gilt. when done be pleased to have them packed in a tight box and sent to Richmond to the address of Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson, who will forward them for me to Monticello sending me at the same time your bill which shall be immediately paid. accept my respects & best wishes

Th: Jefferson

1. frame to shew 20 3/4 I. height & 14¼. breadth within the frame

4. do. to shew 18. I. height & 13. I. breadth   do.

2 pair (say 4. frames) for Trumbull’s two prints (death of Warren & Montgomery) I have not the measures, but you possess the prints.

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Savage”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Edward Savage (1761–1817), a native of Princeton, Massachusetts, was an artist and the owner of a museum gallery that he first developed in Philadelphia. In 1801, Savage moved from Philadelphia to New York City, where his museum collection expanded beyond paintings, prints, and sculptures to include natural history specimens and other attractions. A mezzotint of a portrait by Savage of TJ was available for sale in Philadelphia in 1800 (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; Vol. 31:xlv; Vol. 34:53n, 90).

For John Trumbull’s two prints, see Stein, Worlds description begins Susan R. Stein, The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, New York, 1993 description ends , 164–5; Vol. 16:550n; Vol. 31:374–5, 557–8.

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