Philada May 28th 1819
Agreeably to your directions, I have addressed to you, Care of Capt Bernard Peyton; Commission Merchant, Richmond, per Schooner Robert Burns, which was to sail on the 23d & has been-Cleared only yesterday, One Bundle; Well wrapped up in Quadruple paper, Containing:
|Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary, 8vo bound in Sheep||$ 5|
|The Two first Volumes of Diodorusiculo, dto in Parchment||4|
|3 Copies of Orbis Pictus Comaenii, 12o Sd at $1.12½/100||3.37½|
|3 do of Alvari Prosodia, Dublin Ed., the only ones found in Philada||}||1.12½|
|after longresearcher at 37½ per|
I have not been able to obtain, in any Bookstore of the City, a copy of Sanxay’s Lexicon, which I would have bought for you. I cannot sell mine separately, having been invoiced with the four vols of Ar. Com. & adding to their value.
The Grimm you have seen advertised, at Paris, at 5ƒ Was, I supposed, sewed, & mine is handsomely bound; that makes a difference of 35 or 40 sols per Volume, & would raise it to $2 25/100, price I asked, even at the advance of 50 p%, which is far from being adequate to cover all expences & leave a reasonable profit, the packing alone at Paris amounting sometimes to 5 p%.
I have paid here 18 months ago, for my 17 vols of Grimm $30. I will be satisfied with 15 p% profit or $34 50/100 for the work, if, at that rate, you think proper to purchase it. the fellow copy was sold for $5000
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.