Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edward Savage, 4 March 1803

To Edward Savage

Washington Mar. 4. 1803.


Your favor of Feb. 7. is recieved. you mention having enclosed in it one of your proposals for publishing the print of the Declaration of Independence, but none came. I sent to the door keepers of Congress to know if they could inform me of the terms of subscription, but they could not. I shall be glad to become a subscriber, & will comply with the terms whenever made known to me. Accept my best wishes & respects.

Th: Jefferson

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

door keepers of congress: Thomas Claxton for the House of Representatives and James Mathers for the Senate (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).

terms of subscription: Savage’s print of the “Signing of the Declaration of American Independence,” sold for $7 by advance subscription, $8 by regular subscription, $10 for nonsubscribers, and $12 for proofs. According to an advertisement, the print would be available for delivery within 18 months (New York Morning Chronicle, 26 Feb. 1803; Vol. 1:lviii, 415 [illus.]).

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