Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 16 July 1802

To William Duane

Washington July 16. 1802.


I now inclose you catalogues of the books which are to be imported for Congress and which you desired to have placed under your procurement. I have written to mr Short at Paris and mr Erving at London to superintend the purchase in order that the books & their prices may be such as they approve, and I have inclosed them copies of the catalogues; so that your correspondent will have to obtain their approbation in all his proceedings & from them he will recieve his pay, the Secretary of the treasury having ordered money into their hands for the purpose. I inclose you an extract from the letters to them, which will enable you to give proper instructions to your correspondent, & will supply to yourself all further information necessary. to the foot of the catalogues I have subjoined a note which being presented to those gentlemen will authorise their proceeding, and together with my letter to them will serve as duplicates to each other. I have earnestly to recommend dispatch in this transaction, as too much of the season has already slipped away, and it is desireable that the books should be recieved before the meeting of Congress or as soon after as possible. Accept my respects & best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “Mr. Duane”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

YOUR PROCUREMENT: Duane offered his services and stated his qualifications for importing books from Europe for the Library of Congress in a letter of 10 May 1801 (Vol. 34:72).

See TJ’s letters of this day to William SHORT and George W. ERVING regarding book purchases at Paris and London respectively.

SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY HAVING ORDERED MONEY: see TJ to Gallatin, 9 and 16 July and Gallatin to TJ, 17 Aug.

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