Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Nicolas Gouin Dufief, 5 May 1803

To Nicolas Gouin Dufief

Washington May 5. 1803.

Dear Sir

I recieved yesterday evening the Pensées de Pascal, and am particularly pleased with the edition, being fond of those which are small & handy & particularly the petit formats. I shall be glad to recieve the work of Cuvier. perhaps it may be the very one which I asked for the last year under the title of his Comparative anatomy, doubting whether that was the title. but it is enough that it is his, & on anatomy. I suppose Jombert’s works in Architecture & the Geoponica Bassi, then also mentioned, were not to be had. I shall be glad if you succeed in getting the Greek & English Harmonies of Dr. Priestly. I state below some other works of his, which, if to be had, I should be glad to recieve. I fear you have thought me tardy in remitting the amount of my bill. as long ago as the first of March I sent the money by Capt Lewis my secretary, who then expected to be in Philada in 3. weeks. he has been detained greatly beyond his expectations, & I imagine arrived in Philadelphia about the 1st. inst. if you will let him know the amount of the additional articles, he will pay the whole together. I find that I omitted in due time to make you my acknolegements for the precious reliques of Doctr. Franklin, which you were so obliging as to spare from your particular collection. not only the intrinsic value of whatever came from him, but my particular affection for him extend the measure of my obligations to you for this kindness. I salute you with my esteem & best wishes

Th: Jefferson

Institutes of natural & revealed religion 2. v. 8vo. } by Dr. Priestly.
a History of the early opinions concerning Jesus Christ. 4. v. 8vo.
Disquisitions relating to matter & spirit.
Sequel to the Disquisitions.

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

comparative anatomy: see Dufief to TJ, 2 May.

In March 1802, TJ had asked Dufief to find volumes 5 and 6 of Charles Antoine jombert’s Bibliothèque portative d’architecture, not knowing that those volumes had been projected but never completed. At the same time TJ asked for the geoponica, a compilation of information about Greek agriculture (Vol. 37:114–15).

other works of his: Joseph Priestley’s Institutes of Natural and Revealed Religion first appeared in three volumes published in London in 1772. Dufief found a copy of a two-volume third edition, published in London in 1794, for TJ (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1524). Priestley’s An History of Early Opinions Concerning Jesus Christ, Compiled from Original Writers was published in London in 1786 in four volumes (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1527). In September, Dufief was still looking for Priestley’s Disquisitions Relating to Matter and Spirit, published in London in 1777, and its “sequel,” which may have been The Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated, Being an Appendix to the Disquisitions Relating to Matter and Spirit, also printed in London that year (Dufief to TJ, 12 Sep. 1803).

For two pamphlets containing marginal notes by Benjamin franklin that Dufief sent to TJ earlier in the year, see the correspondence between them of 31 Jan., 4, 14 Feb.

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