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Thomas Jefferson to George Watterston, 2 March 1816

To George Watterston

Monticello Mar. 2. 16.

Dear Sir

I am afraid that for some time I shall be occasionally troublesome to you. I suspect that I stuck a paper containing an epitaph intended for Dabney Carr into the Recherches historiques of Mazzei where they speak of that gentleman. this work is Ch. 24. No 246. if there, will you be so good as to inclose it to me? I sent the 2. vols of Virginia laws by my grandaughter Ellen Randolph, now at the President’s but she left them at Richmond, the stage being too much loaded to take them in. I shall recall them here and see to their safe transportation. I think you may be assured you have Morris’s accts C. 24. No 439. and that they are accidentally out of place. I remember that Ray’s Tripoli C. 2. No 82. was missing. I recieved three copies of the Catalogue from mr Millegan for which I thank you. the typography is handsome, and, the execution generally pleasing to the eye. there are some errors of the press, but such a number of titles in so many different languages could not be expected to be otherwise. you ask how I like the arrangement within the chapters? of course, you know, not so well as my own; yet I think it possible the alphabetical arrangement may be more convenient to readers generally, than mine which was sometimes analytical, sometimes chronological, & sometimes a combination of both. I salute you with esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Watterston Papers); addressed: “Mr George Watterston Librarian of Congress Washington”; frank clipped; postmarked Milton, 6 Mar. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph Delaplaine to TJ, 10 Feb. 1816; torn at seal; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • A Statement of the Accounts of the United States (R. Morris) search
  • books; of state papers and public documents search
  • Carr, Dabney (1743–73) (TJ’s brother-in-law); TJ’s epitaph for search
  • Carr, Dabney (1773–1837) (TJ’s nephew); and father’s legacy search
  • Catalogue of the Library of the United States (G. Watterston) search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); delivers books and manuscripts search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); travels of search
  • Horrors of Slavery: or, The American Tars in Tripoli (W. Ray) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogue of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Library of Congress; Catalogue of the Library of the United States. To Which is Annexed, A Copious Index, Alphabetically Arranged (G. Watterston) search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); TJ’s granddaughter visits search
  • Mazzei, Philip; Recherches historiques et politiques sur les États-Unis de l’Amérique Septentrionale search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and catalogue of TJ’s books search
  • Milligan, Joseph; sends books to TJ search
  • Morris, Robert (1735–1806); A Statement of the Accounts of the United States search
  • President’s House; visitors to search
  • Ray, William; Horrors of Slavery: or, The American Tars in Tripoli search
  • Recherches historiques et politiques sur les États-Unis de l’Amérique Septentrionale (P. Mazzei) search
  • Virginia; TJ’s collection of laws of search
  • Watterston, George; Catalogue of the Library of the United States search
  • Watterston, George; letters to search