Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Lafayette, [ca. 1 November 1802]

From Lafayette

[ca. 1 Nov. 1802]

[. . .] [. . .]ngston Has [. . .] My frien[. . .] [. . .] you and the philosophical Society With two Copies of a Work [Which], [not]wistanding the Actual turn of the public Spirit, Has Attracted Much Notice in France, and Will I am Sure Appear to You a Very Distinguished performance—An other Friend of Mine, Cen Tracy, My Colleague in the Constituent Assembly, My Son’s Father in Law, Now a Senator as Well as Cabanis, and on the Same political Side, Has Desired me to Have presented to You and to the philosophical Society Copies of a Book of His Which Accompagny this Letter—He Also Begs Leave to Offer You two Copies of His Observations Respecting public Studies—I am Happy to Have Been Choosen By Both to introduce, through the American Minister, this tribute of their Respect to You, My Dear Sir, and to the Society of Which Cen Cabanis Has the Honor to be a Member—I am With the Most Affectionate Regard Yours


RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 235:42133); torn; date supplied (see the next document).

TWO COPIES OF A WORK: the Rapports du physique et du moral de l’homme of Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis; see Cabanis to TJ, [20 Oct.].

Antoine Louis Claude Destutt de TRACY sent TJ an inscribed copy of his Projet d’éléments d’idéologie á l’usage des écoles centrales de la République Française, published in Paris in 1801. It became the first part of the author’s Éléments d’idéologie. TJ did not receive the book until late 1803 or January 1804. The American Philosophical Society formally received its copy at a meeting of 1 Nov. 1805 and elected Destutt de Tracy to membership the following January. Lafayette’s son had married Destutt de Tracy’s daughter in June 1802 (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Proceedings, 22, pt. 3 [1884], 379, 382; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1239; Vol. 36:481n; TJ to Lafayette, 31 Jan. 1804).

OBSERVATIONS RESPECTING PUBLIC STUDIES: another work by Destutt de Tracy, Observations sur le systême actuel d’instruction publique (Paris, 1801).

HAS THE HONOR: Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis became a member of the APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends in 1786 (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Proceedings, 22, pt. 3 [1884], 144).

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