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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...
The bearer hereof, T. Jefferson Randolph , my grandson, proceeds to Richmond with a view to enter as a student in the academy at that place under your care. having been taught Latin & French (the former however not as perfectly as should be) he passed a year at Philadelphia , attending courses of lectures in Botany, Natural history, Anatomy & Surgery. our object in sending him to your academy...
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...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to M. Girardin and his regrets that his garden is so bare of kitchen herbs as to have but a single plant of sage, & that stripped of it’s leaves: he has no translation of Quinctilian. Bonne’s Atlas is sent by the bearer. P.S. T. Jefferson Randolph is in Richmond , but expected home daily. RC ( PPAmP : Thomas Jefferson Papers); dateline above postscript;...
According to your request of the other day, I send you my formula and explanation of L d Napier’s theorem for the solution of right angled Spherical triangles. with you I think it strange that the French mathematicians have not used, or noticed, this method more than they have done. Montucla , in his account of Lord Napier’s inventions, expresses a like surprise at this fact, and does justice...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to M r Girardin for the Sabots, which will be of real value to him. he sends him all the Tomata seed he has. he had rode out when mr Girardin ’s note came, or it should have been then sent. it should be planted immediately. RC ( PPAmP : Thomas Jefferson Papers); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “M r Girardin.” Not recorded in SJL . mr girardin’s note is not...
Before I went to Bedford I asked the favor of you to let me know the amount of my debt to you for the books you were so kind as to let me have, which was referred however until my return. on my return I found you had left the neighborhood; but the hope that some remnant of business might give us the pleasure of seeing you soon, occasioned me to wait a while. but finding that gratification...
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...
I send you the 1 st vol. of Tucker ’s Blackstone & the 1 st & 2 d of Botta . I think I have nothing on the fi Revolutionary finances which answers your view except the Article ‘Etats Unis’ of the Encyclopedie, which article I have seperately
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mr Gerardin Girardin for the two plants of Cape Jessamine which are very acceptable, and will hold himself accountable for the price. he returns the copy of Tacitus having precisely the same edition in his petit-format library in Bedford , and if mr Girardin thinks it can go safely by post to mr Anderson , he will cover it by his frank. he has the identical...
Th: Jefferson must apologise to mr Girardin for not sending an answer to his note of the day before yesterday , which was occasioned by his servant’s departure while he was writing it. he now sends him Jones ’s MS. and Mellish ’s travells. the copy of the British spy which he possesses belongs to his petit format library in Bedford , where it now is. he will with pleas has made a few...
I thank you for the gazettes, review, & Coote s’s history , all of which I have read, except the last, which I have sufficiently examined to see that it is valuable as a repertory only, without any particular merit. on your mention of Mellish ’s opinion of the tenets which distinguish the two political parties of this country, I recollected I had written him a letter on the subject of that...
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 return your cahier, without with about half a dozen unimportant alterations only. three or four of these are foreignisms (if I may coin a word where the language gives none) indeed I have wondered that you could have so perfectly have possessed yourself of the idiom and spirit of the English language, as not to write it correctly merely, but so often elegantly. permit me to suggest a single...
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
I return the three Cahiers, which I have perused with the usual satisfaction. you will find a few pencilled notes, merely verbal. But in one place I have taken a greater liberty than I ever took before, or ever indeed had occasion to take. it is in the case of Josiah Philips , which I find strangely represented by judge Tucker and mr Edmund Randolph , and very negligently vindicated by mr...
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...
I return your 14 th Chapter with only 2. or 3. unimportant alterations as usual, and with a note suggested , of doubtful admissibility. I believe it would be acceptable to the reader of every nation except England , and I do not suppose that, even without it, your book will be a popular one there. however you will decide for yourself. As to what is to be said of myself, I of course am not the...
Your servant finds us just setting down to table, so I on can only scribble you a line. I will have one for mrs Lewis ready for you when you call; this being on your road to her house , I will then shew you also an honorable acknolegement of G. Nicholas on the subject of the enquiries into the conduct of the executive the letter as to Arnold was addressed to Gen l
I return you the 15 th 16 th and 17 th chapters which I have kept too long; but since mr Millegan ’s arrival I have scarcely had a moment at command. I have made a few verbal alterations only as usual, except in the 15 th where I suggest an alteration giving a more precise explanation of the transaction it relates to than your text had done. but I observe an omission of one of the most...
The unfortunate error into which I led you in conversation by a lapse of my memory, having interwoven itself into your narrative , I found it necessary to remodel that, in order to present a distinct view of the movements of the enemy, & my own, day by day as they occurred during Arnold ’s excursion to Richmond . this is accordingly done now with an accuracy which you may rely on. this...
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...
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 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...
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...