From John F. Oliveira Fernandes
Norfolk 12th July 1816
Although I have not had as yet, Mr Richardsons acct in full of all the charges on, the Tenerife-wine; I know now; that the Cost freight; duties & &—will bring the price for the Quarter Cask, you had—to $63.81—; for which, I will draw, within 2 or 3 weeks on Messrs Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond; to whom you will have the goodness to inform of it, before Same.—
These Gentlemen will forward to you, a Small bundle, containing a book, which in all probability, will amuse you, a little; in your Solitude.
To avoide, however, your just Censure, for having taken this liberty; I will offer to you my apology— A french book Seller, newly Stablished in Newyork; having received a new provision of books, while I was there; it So happened, that I visited his Shop, in the moment, he was opening Some of the boxes—
Among them, was—this „L’Angletterre vue A Londres; et dans Ses Provinces—par Le Marechal de Camp—Pillet—„
Curiosity; as well as my inveterated1 Aversion to that Cabinet, induced me to purchase, a Copy, which I perused with avidity & horror!
I was immediatly persuaded that the English at Paris, would not like it at all—and of Course Some Police-measure would be adopted to forbid its perusal; (which I knew, in Philada, it had already taken place in Paris)—I purchased in the very next day the only 5 remaining2 Copies, out of 6. imported.—Sent 4—to Some of my Friends at the Court3 of Rio de Janeiro; Kept one for You, & other for me—
My books and other objects having arrived on the 8th instant from Newyork—it was only yesterday that I had the opportunity, to have it delivered to a Safe hand to Carry it to Messrs G & J—
Consequently the Circumstance of the book being extremely Scarce, was my reason for taking the liberty of Sending it to you—
John F. Oliveira Fernandes
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; notation by TJ beneath endorsement: “Mar. 24.”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 July 1816 and so recorded in SJL.
René Martin pillet, chevalier de Saint Louis, relied on a four-year residence in England to create an unfavorable description of English government, society, and manners in his L’Angleterre Vue a Londres et dans ses Provinces, pendant un séjour de dix années, dont six comme prisonnier de guerre (Paris, 1815; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 7 [no. 329]). He also described the cruelty and hardships he suffered during six years as a prisoner of war on a British pontoon off the coast of England (Biographie universelle description begins Biographie universelle, ancienne et moderne, new ed., 1843–65, 45 vols. description ends , 15:248). Reviews of Pillet’s book appeared in London in the Quarterly Review 13 (1815): 442–8, and in such American newspapers as the Richmond Enquirer, 18 May 1816.
1. Manuscript: “inverated.”
2. Manuscript: “remainin.”
3. Manuscript: “Cout.”
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