Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 10 June 1822

Monticello June 10. 22.

Dear Sir

I have been so late in getting my tobo to market that I have not been able sooner to remit you the 1st year’s interest. so dilatory are the means of the farmer & planter.  Francis wrote me that you were willing I should import for him (with some books I am importing for myself from London) Thomas’s Coke Littleton & Bacon’s abridgment. these are dear books and with the loss by exchange, duties, freight & other charges will cost as follows.

  £ about.
Bacon’s abridgment 7. vols bound 7–7
Thomas’s Coke Lit. 3 vols unbound £4–4, binding 15/ 4–19 D
L 12–6= 54. 67
Exchange is I believe @ about 12½ p.c. 6. 83
duties & custom house charges about 18. p.c. 9. 84
freight, port duties Etc about 10. p.c. 5. 46
76. 80
order inclosed on B Peyton 163. 20

according to this the Bac’s abridgment costs 45.89 D it’s American price is 50.D.

 the Coke Lit. costs 30.91 it cannot be bought in this country. according to the above statement I inclose you an order for 163.20 D on Colo Peyton which with the 76.80 cost of the books makes a year’s interest. I hope the return of genial weather will reestablish your health present me respectfully to mrs Eppes and accept for yourself assurances of my affectionate friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson


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