Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Milligan to Thomas Jefferson, 3 February 1810

From Joseph Milligan

George town Feby 3rd 1810

Thomas Jefferson Bot of J. Milligan

1 Sett Parents Assistant 3 vols Calf Gilt $3–00


Dear Sir

I hope that you will pardon me if I have taken an unwarrantable liberty in sending you the Parents Assistant it is a little book that I have lately published particularly calculated for those that purchase parlour books for children and during your residence at Washington1 I had the honour of Executing several little orders for you of that kind which I hope will plead my apology if I have done wrong in sending it—

in a few days I Shall publish tales of Fashionable Life by Maria Edgworth in two Vols 12mo if I thot it Would be agreeable to you I would forward a copy as soon as published

with Sincere wishes for your Health & happiness I am yours very respectfully

Joseph Milligan

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 Feb. 1810 and so recorded in SJL; notation by TJ below endorsement: “Mitford” (see TJ to Milligan, 28 Feb. 1810).

Milligan’s edition of the first series of Maria Edgeworth’s tales of fashionable life actually carries an 1809 publication date. It was initially published in London earlier in that year, with a second series following in 1812 (ODNB description begins H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, 60 vols. description ends ).

1Manuscript: “Washngton.”

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