Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Nicolas Gouin Dufief, 1 April 1802

To Nicolas Gouin Dufief

Washington April. 1. 1802


Since writing my letter of the 23d. I observe in your catalogue Oeuvres de Seneque translation de la Grange 6. vol. 8vo. which I shall be glad to recieve with the books before written for. Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

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

OEUVRES DE SENEQUE: TJ already owned a Latin edition of the works of the philosopher Seneca. A French translation by N. de La Grange, Oeuvres de Séneque le philosophe, was first published in the 1770s. A six-volume edition appeared in Paris in 1795 (J. C. F. Hoefer, Nouvelle biographie générale depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu’a nos jours, 46 vols. [Paris, 1855–66], 28:847–8; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1324).

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