Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Milligan to Thomas Jefferson, 2 December 1811

From Joseph Milligan

Georgetown December 2nd 1811

Dear Sir

Your esteemed favour of the 19th October was duly received and Should have been regularly attended1 to but I was at that time much engaged in the business of the Potomac and Shenandoah Navigation Lottery which is Since finished, indeed this lottery has taken up much of my time the past summer but I am happy to say that I have now got through it and am able to attend to my bookselling concern which I will prosecute with all the vigour that I am master of

The first edition of Jeffersons Manual is now out of print I should be happy to have your permission to print a second edition I believe that 200 Copies would be wanted for the Senate & House of Representatives—


I have repeatedly tried to procure a complete Copy of Scientific Dialogues or the 7th & 8th volumes but have always failed in the attempt—a few days ago I was Shewn a sett in nine Volumes with about 35 plates I am strongly tempted to reprint them in four duodecimo volumes to cost about Six Dollars a Sett that which I seen belongs to a Revd Mr Grassi of Georgetown College he is an Italian but last from england where he resided some months he brought his sett with him he is highly pleased with it I believe2 it to be the only complete Copy that is to come at in the united States he will let me have it to print from If you say that you would recommend it as a useful book I will go on with it immediatly

I have at your request enclosed your account please accept my best wishes for your health and happiness

With respect & Esteem Your obedient Servant

Joseph Milligan

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Dec. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

For jeffersons manual, see PW description begins Wilbur S. Howell, ed., Jefferson’s Parliamentary Writings, 1988, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends .

1Manuscript: “attend.”

2Manuscript: “bellieve.”

Index Entries

  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); and J. Milligan search
  • Dialogues in Chemistry (J. Joyce) search
  • Georgetown College (later Georgetown University) search
  • Grassi, John; and J. Joyce’s Scientific Dialogues search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • Joyce, Jeremiah; Dialogues in Chemistry search
  • Joyce, Jeremiah; Scientific Dialogues, intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People search
  • lotteries; Potomac & Shenandoah navigation search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Potomac and Shenandoah Navigation lottery search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters from search
  • Milligan, Joseph; reprints TJ’s Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • Potomac River; lottery to improve navigation on search
  • schools and colleges; Georgetown College (later Georgetown University) search
  • Scientific Dialogues, intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People (J. Joyce); TJ requests search
  • Shenandoah River; lottery to improve navigation on search