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Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 19 January 1819

To John Adams

Monticello Jan. 19. 19.

Dear Sir

About a week before I recieved your favor of Dec. 30. the 22d No of the North American review had come to hand, without my knowing from what quarter. the letter of mr Channing to mr Shaw, which you have been so good as to inclose, founds a presumption that it was from mr Channing, and that he is the editor. I had never before seen the work; but have read this No with attention and great satisfaction. it may stand boldly on the shelf by the side of the Edinburg Review; and, as I find that mr Channing has agents in George town and Richmond, where I can readily make the necessary payments, I shall write to one of them to enter me as a subscriber. I see with pride that as we are ahead of Europe in Political science, so on other subjects we are getting along side of them.

I hope you have read our University Report with approbation, as I am sure you will the work of Tracy, if you trouble yourself with such subjects. we are all atiptoe here in the hourly expectation of hearing what our legislature decides on the Report. being a good piece of a century behind the age they live in, we are not without fear as to their conclusions. we have to contend with so many biasses, personal, local, fanatical, financial Etc. that we cannot foresee in what their combinations will result.

God bless you, and preserve you in good health & spirits.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi: Adams Papers); addressed: “President Adams Quincy. Mass.”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 21 Jan.; endorsed by Adams as answered 29 Jan. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph Milligan to TJ, 30 Oct. 1818; endorsed by TJ.

Earlier in the month Jefferson family friend Hore Browse Trist reported from Monticello that “they expect every day to see in the papers that the University is fixed here but the Legislature being composed of ignorant drunken beasts they pay as little attention to that as they do to any thing else that is of consequence” (Trist to Nicholas P. Trist, 1 Jan. 1819 [DLC: NPT]).

Index Entries

  • Adams, John; and Destutt de Tracy’s writings search
  • Adams, John; letters to search
  • Adams, John; sends works to TJ search
  • Adams, John; works sent to search
  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Channing, Edward Tyrell; as editor ofNorth American Review and Miscellaneous Journal search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Edinburgh Review; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Va. General Assembly search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Trist, Hore Browse search
  • North American Review and Miscellaneous Journal search
  • political economy; TJ on study of search
  • political economy; works on search
  • Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson); distributed by TJ search
  • Shaw, William Smith; mentioned search
  • subscriptions, for publications; journals search
  • Trist, Hore Browse (1802–56); and Va. General Assembly search
  • Trist, Hore Browse (1802–56); visits Monticello search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ report search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search