To Hezekiah Niles
Poplar Forest near Lynchburg Aug. 22.  17.
Your letter of July 31. came to hand on the 18th inst. at this place, very distant from Monticello. I learn from it with real concern that there is danger of a discontinuance of the Weekly Register, for want of due support. I have found it very valuable as a Repertory of documents, original papers & the facts of the day, and for the ease with which the Index enables us to turn to them. these things are lost as soon as read in a Newspaper. if payment for the paper in advance can save it, I think that no one should object to that. it is as reasonable and as safe for your readers to trust you, as you them. I inclose you a year’s subscription to commence at the end of the current year; which was paid by the remittance of September last, and sincerely wish success and continuance to the undertaking, with assurances of my esteem and respect.
PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 211:37620); on recto of portion of a reused address cover from Archibald Robertson to TJ; misdated; at foot of text: “Mr Niles”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 22 Aug. 1817 to “Niles Henry.” Recorded in SJL as a letter of <
22> 23 Aug. 1817 to “Niles Henry,” with bracketed additional notation: “5.D.”
TJ later corrected his SJL entry of the date of receipt of Niles’s 31 July 1817 Circular to Prominent Subscribers (printed above at its 5 Aug. covering letter from Niles to TJ) from the 18th inst. to 19 Aug. 1817. On 23 Aug. 1817 TJ recorded paying Niles $5 for his subscription to the Baltimore Niles’ Weekly Register through September 1818 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1337).
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