Monticello June 22. 19.
Your favor of June 6. came safely to hand with the volume containing the Discourse of Descamps on the utilities of drawing which I have read with great pleasure, and now return. I found in the same vol. one or two other pieces of real merit: particularly the letter of Guingené to the frothy declaimer Chateaubriand, which is one of the finest pieces of irony and of polite persifflage I have ever met with. I thank you for the offer of any other of the volumes or of those of Sonini, which I have not now time to avail myself of. indeed I shall leave Monticello for my other home in Bedford about the 1st of July, and shall probably continue there three months. the broom seed is just now ripening & I will take care to have some saved for you. the catalogue of books which I mentioned to you was the ‘Manuel du libraire et de l’Amateur des livres par Brunet. 4. v. 8vo’ a book which by the references to it seems, for modern editions, to take the place of Debure for antient ones. but I was misunderstood when supposed to say that I was in possession of it. I had recently written for it, and expect it before winter, when it will be at your service. I salute you with friendly esteem and respect.
PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Letters.