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Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Milligan, 17 October 1814

To Joseph Milligan

Monticello Oct. 17. 14.

Dear Sir

Your two letters of Sep. 24. & Oct. 12. have been duly recieved. the packet of books will probably come on by the next stage. by the present one I send to the care of mr Gray of Fredericksbg a packet of 6. vols, which though made up of 4. different works, I wish to have bound as one work in 6. vols, to be labelled on the back ‘the Book of Kings.’the 1st & 2d vols will be composed of the Memoirs of Bareuth, the binding to remain as it is, only changing the label.the Memoirs of Made La Motte will make the 3d & 4th vols, pared down to the size of the first & bound uniform with them.Mrs Clarke’s will be the 5th vol. pared & bound as before, and ‘the Book’ will make the 6th which to be uniform in size with the rest must perhaps be left with it’s present rough edges. pray do it immediately and return it by the stage that they may be replaced on their shelves should Congress take my library, the proposition for which is before them. I mentioned to you the work on political economy by Tracy which had been translated by Genl Duane, but could not be printed by him. I then wrote & offered it to mr Ritchie, from whom I had not recieved an answer when you were here, and I consulted you as to the allowance which ought to be made by Ritchie to Duane. Ritchie declines printing it, and I now inclose you a copy of my letter to him, which I will pray you to consider as now addressed to yourself, but to be returned to me, as I have no other copy. I shall be very glad if you will undertake the printing it, and I think it the best work ever written on the subject, and that you might count on a great sale of it to the members of Congress. answer me as soon as you can if you please, because I have not yet answered Duane’s letter. the moment you say you will undertake it & specify the allowance for translating, I will have the MSS. brought on, I will correct the translation here and forward it to you sheet by sheet. when Congress return my Catalogue I will send that also to you to be printed. Accept assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “MrJoseph Milligan”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Thomas Ritchie, 19 Aug. 1814 (see TJ to Ritchie, 27 Sept. 1814, and note).

memoirs of made la motte: the autobiographical Vie de Jeanne de St. Remy de Valois, ci-devant Comtesse de La Motte (Paris, 1792; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends nos. 227, 411).

Index Entries

  • A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the Charges preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York (G. L. Wardle; probably included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ) search
  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Book of Kings (compiled by TJ); A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the Charges preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York (G. L. Wardle) search
  • Book of Kings (compiled by TJ); bound for TJ search
  • Book of Kings (compiled by TJ); Mémoires de Frédérique Sophie Wilhelmine de Prusse, Margrave de Bareith (Frédérique Sophie Wilhelmine, margravine de Bayreuth) search
  • Book of Kings (compiled by TJ); Vie de Jeanne de St. Remy de Valois, ci-devant Comtesse de La Motte (J. La Motte) search
  • Book of Kings (compiled by TJ); “The Book!” or, The Proceedings and Correspondence upon the subject of the Inquiry into the Conduct of Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales (S. Perceval) search
  • books; binding of for TJ search
  • books; Book of Kings (compiled by TJ) search
  • books; sent by J. Milligan search
  • Clarke, Mary Anne; and A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the Charges preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York (G. L. Wardle; included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ; see also Book of Kings) search
  • Congress, U.S.; mentioned search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Duane, William; and Destutt de Tracy’s works search
  • Frédérique Sophie Wilhelmine, margravine de Bayreuth; Mémoires de Frédérique Sophie Wilhelmine de Prusse, Margrave de Bareith (included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ; see also Book of Kings) search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; and transmission of packages to and from TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogue of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Book of Kings (compiled by TJ) search
  • La Motte, Jeanne de Saint Remy de Valois, comtesse de; Vie de Jeanne de St. Remy de Valois, ci-devant Comtesse de La Motte (included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ; see also Book of Kings) search
  • Library of Congress; TJ sells personal library to search
  • Library of Congress; TJ’s catalogue of books sold to search
  • Mémoires de Frédérique Sophie Wilhelmine de Prusse, Margrave de Bareith (Frédérique Sophie Wilhelmine, margravine de Bayreuth; included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ) search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and catalogue of TJ’s books search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and sale of TJ’s library to Congress search
  • Milligan, Joseph; binds books for TJ search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters to search
  • Milligan, Joseph; sends books to TJ search
  • Perceval, Spencer; “The Book!” or, The Proceedings and Correspondence upon the subject of the Inquiry into the Conduct of Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales (included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ; see also Book of Kings) search
  • political economy; works on search
  • Ritchie, Thomas; and works of Destutt de Tracy search
  • Vie de Jeanne de St. Remy de Valois, ci-devant Comtesse de La Motte (J. La Motte; included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ) search
  • Wardle, Gwyllym L.; A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the Charges preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York (included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ; see also Book of Kings) search
  • “The Book!” or, The Proceedings and Correspondence upon the subject of the Inquiry into the Conduct of Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales (S. Perceval; included in Book of Kings compiled by TJ) search