Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 27 October 1809

From David Bailie Warden

Paris, 27 october, 1809.


I had the pleasure of writing to you by the Wasp sloop of war, and of sending you several brochures. I am instructed, by the Secretary of the agricultural Society, to send you the last volume of their transactions. I inclose a map which the author beg you to accept.

more than twenty American vessels, with rich1 cargoes, have been lately carried to different ports of France, Holland, and Italy, and ordered for trial before the Council of Prizes, at Paris, some of which have not infringed the Imperial Decrees. The Lydia, a vessel of this description, was restored, a few days since, to the owners, by a decision, of the above-mentioned Tribunal. Whether the others, under like circumstances, will be restored, is yet unknown—a maritime Court has been lately established, in Holland, for the purpose of fixing the limits of the territorial sea, within which several of our vessels are said to have been arrested. at this moment, there appears to be but little hope of an amicable arrangement between france, and the united States. the emperor seems determined to adhere to his decrees. He is now at2 Fontain bleau.

Messrs Humboldt, Lacepede, Thouin &c bid me present you their respects—I hope you received the copy of Callets Logarithms, dedicated to you, and of which I prepared the Introduction.—It will give me great pleasure to send you any Book or article you may wish to possess.3

I am, with great esteem and respect, Your ever obliged Servant

David Bailie Warden

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Jan. 1810 but recorded as received 7 Jan. 1810 in SJL. Dupl (DLC); between dateline and salutation: “Duplicate”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 June 1810 and so recorded in SJL. FC (MdHi: Warden Letterbook). Enclosed in James Madison to TJ, 15 June 1810.

Augustin François Silvestre, the secretary of the agricultural society, had requested Warden to send TJ the Mémoires of the Société d’agriculture du département de la Seine, vol. 11 (Paris, 1808; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 776). The map’s author was Jan Chrzciciel Komarzewski (Warden to TJ, 17 Sept. 1809; TJ to Warden, 15 July 1810).

1Dupl and FC: “valuable.”

2Dupl and FC substitute “returned to” for preceding two words.

3Sentence omitted in Dupl and FC.

Index Entries

  • books; sent by D. B. Warden search
  • Callet, Jean François; Tables of Logarithms search
  • France; Council of Prizes search
  • Humboldt, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander, Baron von; sends greetings to TJ search
  • Lacépède, Bernard Germain Étienne de La Ville-Sur-Illon, comte de; sends greetings to TJ search
  • Lydia (brig) search
  • Mémoires de la Société d’Agriculture du département de la Seine; and A. F. Silvestre search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; at Fontainebleau search
  • Silvestre, Augustin François; Mémoire de la Société d’agriculture search
  • Société d’agriculture du département de la Seine; Mémoires search
  • Tables of Logarithms (Callet; trans. Warden) search
  • Thoüin, André; sends greetings to TJ search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends books search
  • Warden, David Bailie; translates J. F. Callet’s work search
  • Wasp (brig); carries letters to and from Europe search