Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Nicolas G. Dufief, 29 September 1810

To Nicolas G. Dufief

Monticello Sep. 29. 10.


I have duly recieved your favor with the prospectus of your dictionary, and shall gladly become a subscriber to it. altho the number only but not the size of the volumes is stated, I presume from the price they must be 8vos altho’ from the matter one might have expected Grand formats. the 3d vol. especially will be valuable to have always at one’s elbow, and your former work is a pledge of the execution of the present. I shall be glad to recieve it ready bound, & neatly. it may come by post, provided one volume a week only be sent at a time so as not too much to encumber any one mail.  I have lately seen announced in a Paris paper ‘Lettres sur la vieillesse par Meister. 12mo1 and some extracts which shew that Cicero has not exhausted the subject. should a copy have come to your bookshops I should be thankful to you for it. the amount of this & of the Dictionary shall be promptly remitted when known. I salute you with esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “M. Dufief”; endorsed by TJ.

The work on old age by Jacques Henri meister was Lettres sur la Vieillesse (Paris, 1810). TJ owned James Logan’s translation of the treatise on the subject by cicero, Cato Major, or Discourse on old age (London, 1778; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1321).

1Omitted closing quotation mark editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • aging; books on search
  • A New Universal and Pronouncing Dictionary of the French and English Languages (N. G. Dufief) search
  • books; on aging search
  • books; sent by N. G. Dufief search
  • Cato Major, or Discourse on old age (Cicero; trans. Logan) search
  • Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Cato Major, or Discourse on old age (trans. Logan) search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; A New Universal and Pronouncing Dictionary of the French and English Languages search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; letters to search
  • French language; dictionaries search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Lettres sur la Vieillesse (Meister) search
  • Logan, James (1674–1751); translates Cato Major, or Discourse on old age (Cicero) search
  • Meister, Jacques Henri; Lettres sur la Vieillesse search
  • subscriptions, for publications; dictionaries search