From Thomas H. Palmer
Philadelphia, April 20th 1813.
I received a few weeks ago your letter containing answers to some questions respecting the Constitution of Virginia, for which I return you many thanks. I have taken the liberty of again addressing you, to call your attention to the enclosed Prospectus of a new Periodical Work to wh I intend to devote my exclusive attention. Should the Plan meet your approbation, & should you think the work promises to be of public utility, you will oblige me by giving it the sanction of your name as a subscriber, & by showing the Prospectus to such gentlemen in your neighbourhood as you may think likely to patronize the work. I intend visiting as many of the seats of government of the different states as I can this summer for the purpose of making arrangements to receive regularly an account of their proceedings. The others I shall visit next summer. A line addressed, as before, to Thos & Geo. Palmer, Phila will come to my hands, & will oblige,
Thos H. Palmer.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “T. Jefferson, Esq.”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 May 1813 and so recorded in SJL.
The enclosed prospectus, not found, was probably similar to Palmer’s “Proposals” in the Charleston, S.C., Investigator, 30 Apr. 1813, for the publication by subscription of his serial, The Historical Register of the United States, 4 vols. (Washington, 1814–16; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 145]). Palmer promised that the publication would consist of at least eight-hundred octavo pages per half-bound, lettered morocco volume, each of which would cost $5. On this day he also wrote a letter asking James Madison to patronize the work (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 31 vols. Congress. Ser., 17 vols. Pres. Ser., 6 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 8 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 6:221).
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