Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 2 January 1811

From David Bailie Warden

New York 2 Jan. 1811.


I beg leave to inform you that I wrote to you from Washington and Baltimore, and sent, by the Post, from the latter place, several packets which I hope you have received. I now send three brochures Select1 papers of the Belfast Literary Society”— Certain Individuals the friends of General Armstrong, have informed me that he has often declared that he will not oppose my reappointment as Consul at Paris: and I have strong reasons for believing that the Senate will not feel inclined to oppose my nomination. It has been stated that General armstrongs’ motive for displacing me was my enmity to Mr. Russel. We visited each other, and I shewed by my language and conduct that I wished to be on friendly terms with him: we had no dispute of any kind— with regard to Mr Hunt I scarcely knew him except by Mr Barlows’ letter; and if I had known what has been revealed to me at Philadelphia I could not have thought of entering into the contract with him concerning the Machine for weaving stockings. In the course of two, or three days I shall set out for Philadelphia, where I fondly hope to receive good news concerning my reappointment as Consul— with respects to Mr & Mrs Randolph, I am, Sir, with great respect, and esteem

Your very obgd Sevt

D. B. Warden—

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire, Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 6 Jan. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Warden was a corresponding member of the belfast literary society, founded in 1801 to exchange ideas on science, the arts, and manufactures. The society published several fascicles of papers beginning in 1806, including memoirs on fiorin grass by William Richardson and on aerostatic voyaging by Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (fasc. 1); memoirs on the linen trade by Samuel M. Stephenson and on cultivating flax by John Christy (fasc. 2); and memoirs on political revolutions by William Bruce and on the upas tree and magnolia bark by Warden (fasc. 3) (Belfast Literary Society, 1801–1901: Historical Sketch [1902], 4, 8–10; ODNB description begins H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, 60 vols. description ends , 16:996).

1Omitted opening quotation mark editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Armstrong, John; and D. B. Warden search
  • Barlow, Joel; mentioned search
  • Belfast Literary Society search
  • Bruce, William; on political revolutions search
  • Christy, John; on flax search
  • fiorin grass; writings on search
  • flax; publication about search
  • Gay-Lussac, Joseph Louis search
  • grass; fiorin search
  • Hunt, Seth search
  • Ireland; plants in search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • linen search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings to search
  • Richardson, William; memoir on fiorin grass search
  • Russell, Jonathan; and D. B. Warden search
  • Stephenson, Samuel Martin; “The History of the Linen Manufacture,” search
  • textiles; linen search
  • trees; D. B. Warden on search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and fiorin grass search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and J. Armstrong search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends publications to TJ search
  • Warden, David Bailie; writes about magnolia bark and upas tree search
  • “The History of the Linen Manufacture” (Stephenson) search