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Your favour of September the 30th. was received last night. Your frank avowal of your birth in France is no diminution of your respectability in my Estimation: for of the two most conspicuous Nations of Europe I know not to which, I ought to give Preference in Science litterature and taste, but in point of Civilization and politeness I have no hesitation in preferring the French to the...
I have thought it safest to put my answer to mr David under your cover. I have formerly been eager to introduce the culture of the vine and sunk a good deal of money in the endeavor. altho’ unsuccesful, I would still persevere were I younger. but I would do it on a small scale. I would engage a laboring vigneron from France , skilled in the culture of the vine & manipulation of the wine. by...
I have no document respecting Clarke ’s expedition except the letters of which you are in possession, one of which I believe gives some account of it; nor do I possess Imlay ’s history of Kentucky . Of mr Wythe ’s early history I scarcely know any thing, except that he was self-taught; & perhaps this might not have been as to the Latin language. D r Small was his bosom friend, and to me as a...
I think I once saw in your hands a copy of the approbatory resolution of our assembly, past after the enquiry instituted by mr Nicholas , in the session of 1781.1782. you will oblige me much by a copy of it by return of mail, as I have immediate occasion to quote it. have you not a letter of mr Page ’s on the skirmish at Norfolk , which I think I loosened from it’s place & sent you? I do not...
I will with pleasure examine the Cahiers you have sent me. I send you Ramsay ’s revoln, La Motte , 1 st Toulongeon and the last Nat l Intelligencer , and am sorry that the use of these and all other resources for you
Your messenger finds me to the elbows in the dust of my book-shelves. I recieved my Catalalogue Catalogue , last night , and have begun the revisal of the shelves to-day. from this small specimen it seems as if it would take me three weeks very laborious work.— I send you 2 d Toulongeon , and return your Cahier, with approbation of every thing except as to the detention of the Convention...
Your favor of the 7 th has been recieved, and I now send you the letter of mr Page which you requested, and will subjoin to this letter the comparative view of some of Longman’s prices with what Congress paid me for the same books. Longman’s book itself shall go by the same mail— I thank you for your attention to the Microscope. it was well repaired and safely recieved. to your Weekly...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Gerardin Girardin & is sorry he cannot furnish him the Early York cabbage seed. he has ceased to cultivate it because the seed cannot be raised in this country. he sends him some green curled Savoy cabbage, the only kind he has. he sends him also some Malta Kale which he recieved from that island and finds preferable to t either the Scotch or...
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. 16 o Charron . Virey . Thornton’s family Herbal. Modern Gr. & Ital. dictionary. Conciones ex Histor. Lat. excerptae & Clarke’s...
Your favor of the 27 th is recieved, covering the resolution I had asked , which I now return with thanks for the use of it. I learn with pleasure that we are not to lose the benefit of your labors on our history, which I had begun to fear from it’s delay. Your letter gives me the first information of the state of your health, and I am sensible of the power of the paternal motives which induce...