Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Paul Allen, 20 August 1813

To Paul Allen

Monticello Aug. 20. 13.


In my letter of the 5th inst. I requested what time you could give me for further enquiry on the subject of the life of Govr Lewis. I have since satisfied myself that there is no more matter within my reach, and being about to set out on a journey, on which I shall be absent three weeks, I have concluded it best to forward you without delay the sketch I have been able to prepare. Accept with it the assurance of my great respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. not knowing who is to print the work, I will ask the favor of you to desire the printer, when the work is compleat, to send me thirteen copies, 3 of them neatly bound, the rest in boards (for transmission to Europe) the best conveyance is by the stage, addressed to Gibson & Jefferson, merchants of that place, who will pay the transportation and forward them to me. they would be still safer, if any passenger to Richmond would take them under his care. the amount shall be remitted on reciept of the printer’s bill.

PoC (DLC); postscript added in a different ink; adjacent to signature: “Mr Paul Allen”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Allen, 18 Aug. 1813. Enclosed in TJ to Nicholas Biddle, 20 Aug. 1813.

The printer of Biddle, Lewis and Clark Expedition, was James Maxwell, of Philadelphia (Benjamin Kite and Thomas Kite, Kite’s Philadelphia Directory for 1814 [Philadelphia, 1814]).

Index Entries

  • Allen, Paul; and N. Biddle’s history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • Allen, Paul; letters to search
  • Biddle, Nicholas; and history of Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and books acquired by TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Biography of Meriwether Lewis search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; and publication of journals search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; TJ’s biography of search
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition; publication of journals search
  • Maxwell, James search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search