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Thomas Jefferson to Louis H. Girardin, 7 July 1814

To Louis H. Girardin

Monticello July 7. 14.

Dear Sir

I send you by the bearer the parallel ruler you desired and return the catalogue you were so kind as to leave with me. I find on it the following books which I shall be glad to purchase whenever you decide on the disposing of your library. to wit. Tertullianus 1.v. 16o Charron. Virey. Thornton’s family Herbal. Modern Gr. & Ital. dictionary. Conciones ex Histor. Lat. excerptae & Clarke’s exercises. there are some others I may wish to examine & consider of hereafter. with respect to the following you can inform me verbally when I shall have the pleasure of seeing you next, to wit

Bezout. is stated at 5. vols does it want a vol. because there should be 6.

Hutcheson’s Mor. Phil. stated as 1. vol. is it compleat? it is usually in 2. vols

Simpson’s Mathem. problems. is this what is called his Select exercises for young proficients in Mathematics?

Accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “Mr Girardin.”

Girardin probably requested the parallel ruler and enclosed the catalogue in a letter to TJ of 7 July 1814, not found, but recorded in SJL as received from Glenmore on the day it was written.

The works in question include Quintus Septimus Florens tertullianus, Apologeticus et ad Scapulam Liber (Cambridge, 1686; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1587); Pierre charron, De La Sagesse (Bordeaux, 1601; for English eds. acquired by TJ see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends nos. 1616–7; for French eds. see Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 9 [nos. 462–3]); Julien Joseph virey, Histoire Naturelle Du Genre Humain, 2 vols. (Paris, 1801; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1051); Robert John thornton’s A New Family Herbal: or Popular Account of the Natures and Properties of the various Plants used in Medicine, Diet, and the Arts (London, 1810); Joachim Périon and Henri Estienne, eds., conciones et Orationes ex Historicis Latinis Excerptæ … in usum Scholarum Hollandiæ & West-Frisiæ (Oxford, 1667; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 4670); John clarke’s A New Grammar of the Latin Tongue, Comprising All in the Art necessary for Grammar-Schools (London, 1754; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 4785); Étienne bezout, Cours De Mathématiques, A L’Usage Des Gardes Du Pavillion Et De La Marine (Paris, 1781; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3680); Francis hutcheson’s A Short Introduction To Moral Philosophy In Three Books; containing the Elements of Ethicks and the Law of Nature (Glasgow, 1747; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 9 [no. 460]); and Thomas simpson’s Select Exercises for Young Proficients in the Mathematicks (London, 1752; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 8 [no. 398]).

Index Entries

  • A New Family Herbal (R. J. Thornton) search
  • A New Grammar of the Latin Tongue (J. Clarke) search
  • Apologeticus et ad Scapulam Liber (Q. S. F. Tertullianus) search
  • A Short Introduction To Moral Philosophy (F. Hutcheson) search
  • Bézout, Étienne; Cours de Mathématiques, a l’usage Des Gardes du Pavillion et de la marine search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • books; on grammar search
  • books; on mathematics search
  • books; on morals search
  • books; on plants search
  • Charron, Pierre; De La Sagesse search
  • Clarke, John (ca.1687–1734, British author); A New Grammar of the Latin Tongue search
  • Conciones et Orationes ex Historicis Latinis Excerptæ (J. Périon and H. Estienne) search
  • Cours de Mathématiques, a l’usage Des Gardes du Pavillion et de la marine (É. Bézout) search
  • De La Sagesse (P. Charron) search
  • Estienne, Henri (Stepani; Stephani); Conciones et Orationes ex Historicis Latinis Excerptæ search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters from accounted for search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters to search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; TJ purchases books from search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; TJ sends parallel ruler to search
  • Histoire Naturelle Du Genre Humain (J. J. Virey) search
  • Hutcheson, Francis; A Short Introduction To Moral Philosophy search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • mathematics; books on search
  • medicine; books on search
  • Périon, Joachim; Conciones et Orationes ex Historicis Latinis Excerptæ search
  • plants; books on search
  • Select Exercises for Young Proficients in the Mathematics (T. Simpson) search
  • Simpson, Thomas; Select Exercises for Young Proficients in the Mathematics search
  • Tertullianus, Quintus Septimus Florens; Apologeticus et ad Scapulam Liber search
  • Thornton, Robert John; A New Family Herbal search
  • Virey, Julien Joseph; Histoire Naturelle Du Genre Humain search