Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Prichard to Thomas Jefferson, 14 January 1811

From William Prichard

Richmond 14th Jany 1811


Your kind letter of the 6th Ult I duly received and since then, I have been favor’d with one from Mrs L. R Bailey on the subject of her Literary property mentioned in yours. With a great degree of Anxiety I have daily looked and enquired for the Boxes you so kindly ordered to be forwarded, care of Messrs Gibson & Jefferson and to my address, but unfortunately the said Boxes have never yet come to hands of those Gentlemen or mine— This good Sir is one reason of my troubling you with this letter, secondly the great and daily enquiry among the Members of our Legislature for the Parliamentary Manuel of which Work there is not a Copy here to be had— Mr H Banks of this City requested me to forward you one of each his Pamphlets on Banks, & Banking business which I now take the liberty of addressing & forwarding to you I have likewise taken the freedom of enclosing With them two Proposals, one for Pinkertons Atlas and one for the 6th Vol or a continuation to Russells Modern Europe—

With real devotion & Sincere Respect I am Sir Your Obt. hble Servt

Wm Prichard.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 16 Jan. 1811 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Henry Banks, Sketches & Propositions, Recommending the Establishment of an Independent System of Banking, Permanent Public Roads, a New Mode for the Recovery of Interest on Private Loans, Changes at the Penitentiary, and a General System of Defence, with Some Observations Necessary to Illustrate These Several Topics (Richmond, 1811; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3400). (2) Banks, Observations Designed to shew the propriety of establishing an Independent System of Banking, In Preference to Increasing the Capital of the Bank of Virginia, and of deriving public revenue therefrom (Richmond, 1811; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3401). (3) prospectus by Bradford & Inskeep and by Moses Thomas, Philadelphia, Inskeep & Bradford, New York, and William McIlhenny, Boston, 20 Sept. 1810, for publication by subscription of an American edition of John Pinkerton’s Modern Atlas, quoting from Pinkerton’s prospectus on the accuracy, utility, beauty, and magnificence of the work, and promising that the work will be completed in about twenty numbers, one to be issued every two months and contain three maps; that it will be published on a wire-woven paper called Colombier (twenty-three by thirty-five inches) corresponding to the works of Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville; that the price of each number will be $4 plain and $5 colored, with a considerable increase to nonsubscribers; and that the last number will include a geographical memoir, reciting the character and merits of the chief authorities upon which each map is constructed (broadside in DLC; with a written notation by Prichard: “Subscribers will be received by William Prichard”). (4) prospectus by William Young Birch & Abraham Small, Philadelphia, for publication by subscription of Charles Coote, The history of modern Europe and a view of the progress of society from the Peace of Paris in 1763, to the Treaty of Amiens, in 1802, being a continuation of Dr. Russell’s history (London, 1803; American ed., Philadelphia, 1811), which states that it will be uniform in style with the five earlier volumes by William Russell (London, 1779–86; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 161; American ed., Philadelphia, 1802); that subscribers will pay $2.75 for a volume more than six-hundred pages long; and that subscriptions will be received in Philadelphia by the publishers (broadside in DLC: TJ Papers, 231:41475; undated; with a written notation by Prichard that he is also receiving subscriptions).

Index Entries

  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); W. Prichard sells search
  • Anville, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’; works of search
  • Bailey, Lydia R.; and P. Freneau’s poems search
  • Banks, Henry; Observations search
  • Banks, Henry; Sketches & Propositions search
  • banks; works on search
  • Birch, William Young search
  • books; returned to W. Prichard search
  • Bradford & Inskeep (Philadelphia firm); and J. Pinkerton’s atlas search
  • Coote, Charles; The History of Modern Europe search
  • Freneau, Philip; Poems Written and Published during the American Revolutionary War search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • McIlhenny, William; and J. Pinkerton’s atlas search
  • Modern Atlas (Pinkerton) search
  • Observations (Banks) search
  • Pinkerton, John; Modern Atlas search
  • Poems Written and Published during the American Revolutionary War (Freneau); TJ’s subscription to search
  • poetry; subscriptions to, sent to TJ search
  • Prichard, William; and P. Freneau’s poetry subscription search
  • Prichard, William; letters from search
  • Russell, William; History of Modern Europe search
  • Sketches & Propositions (Banks) search
  • Small, Abraham; and book prospectus search
  • subscriptions, for publications; poetry search
  • The History of Modern Europe (C. Coote) search
  • Thomas, Moses; and J. Pinkerton’s atlas search