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Joseph Delaplaine to Thomas Jefferson, 27 January 1816

From Joseph Delaplaine

Philadelphia January 27h 1816

Dear sir,

I have taken the liberty twice lately of addressing you, and have not been favoured with a reply.—

If Mr Wood cannot conveniently visit you for the purpose of painting your portrait, I shall request him to make me a copy of your picture in the possession of Mr Madison. If, unfortunately this portrait is at Mr Madisons’ country seat, I know not what I shall do. I want much to hear from you on the subject for my government.

I have pleasure in enclosing for your acceptance, a portrait of the late Robert Fulton, which I believe I did not before send to you.—

Vespucius is nearly finished. It will be very beautiful. In a few days I shall send you one, with the original which you furnished me. Your name will appear on the plate. Mr Jay, and the late President Adams have been kind enough to send me very recently a sketch of their lives. I beg you sir, to have the goodness to give to me the facts of your life. Birth, parentage, profession times of going to Europe, returns to this Country—offices &c &c. Politicks & panegyric will form no part of my work.

I am very respectfully your obedt st

Joseph Delaplaine

RC (DLC); on verso of prospectus for Delaplaine’s Repository, described above at Delaplaine to TJ, 14 Jan. 1816; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 29 Jan.; endorsed by TJ as received 7 Feb. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

Benjamin West’s portrait of robert fulton was engraved by William S. Leney and included in Delaplaine’s Repository description begins Joseph Delaplaine, Delaplaine’s Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans, Philadelphia, 1816–18, 2 vols.; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 4 (no. 139) description ends , vol. 1, plate opp. p. 201.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John; and J. Delaplaine’sRepository search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; Delaplaine’s Repository search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; letters from search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; proposal for printingDelaplaine’s Repository search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; sends artwork to TJ search
  • Fulton, Robert; engraving of search
  • Fulton, Robert; portrait of by B. West search
  • Jay, John; and J. Delaplaine’sRepository search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; G. Stuart’s paintings search
  • Leney, William Satchwell; engraver search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and portrait of TJ by G. Stuart search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); G. Stuart’s portrait of TJ at search
  • Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans (J. Delaplaine) search
  • Stuart, Gilbert; portraits of TJ by search
  • Vespucci, Amerigo (Americus Vespucius); portrait of search
  • West, Benjamin; portrait of R. Fulton by search
  • Wood, Joseph; as portrait painter search