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Thomas Jefferson to David Gelston, 18 September 1816

To David Gelston

Monticello Sep. 18. 16.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Aug. 31. did not come to hand but by yesterday’s mail, delayed I presume by the late extraordinary floods. it brings me the first notice of the arrival of my books which I have been 3. or 4. months expecting. but I have not yet recieved either invoice or letter. as we ought to suppose they came by the same ship, tomorrow’s mail may perhaps bring them, in which case you shall have the invoice instantly. the day after tomorrow I shall set out on a journey of 3. weeks, which, if it arrives afterwards may occasion that delay in your receipt of it. in the mean time it may not be amiss that the books should remain with you till the equinoctial weather is over, as their loss would be a great affliction to me they are what I wrote for as most necessary on parting with my library to Congress. I return the bill of lading & Hottinguer & co’s letter and salute you with friendly esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (CLjC, 2002). RC (Grace Floyd Delafield Robinson, Greenport, N.Y., 1947); address cover only; addressed: “David Gelston esq. New York”; franked; postmarked Milton, 18 Sept.; endorsement by Gelston reads, in part, “Books.” PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from George Logan to TJ; mutilated at seal, with some words rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: enclosures to Gelston to TJ, 31 Aug. 1816.

Heavy, incessant rainfall earlier this month had caused extraordinary floods in Virginia (Richmond Enquirer, 14 Sept. 1816).

Index Entries

  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • Gelston, David; and books for TJ search
  • Gelston, David; letters to search
  • Hottinguer & Compagnie (French firm); and books for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; purchases from de Bure Frères (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Library of Congress; TJ sells personal library to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Virginia; weather in search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and books for TJ search
  • weather; floods search
  • weather; wind search