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Thomas Jefferson to Nicolas G. Dufief, 17 May 1816

To Nicolas G. Dufief

Monticello May 17. 16.

Dear Sir

On the 7th Ult. I inclosed you an order on mr Vaughan for 24. D 68 C the balance of my former account which I hope you recieved.   I have just recieved from M. de la Fayette a request to send him two copies of the Review of Montesquieu published by Duane in 1811. in 8vo which I must ask the favor of you to procure and send for me. mr Gallatin I suppose is not yet gone, but must be on the eve of departure, and furnishes the safest opportunity of conveyance. I therefore inclose you two envelopes, addressed to him with my frank, and accomodated each to the size of the volume. I will pray you to put a copy into each cover and forward it to him by the first mail, wherever he is. this will be better known to you than to me, as I have never heard from what port he will embark. I hope the packages will reach him in time.

Will you be so good as to send me a copy of your dictionary, neatly bound, a good book deserving a good binding, also a copy of Mackay on the Longitude. I salute you with great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Vaughan to TJ, 13 Mar. 1816; at foot of text: “M. Dufief”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found.

Lafayette’s request of 21 Jan. 1816 was for Destutt de Tracy, Commentary and Review of Montesquieu’s Spirit of Laws. Albert gallatin, the newly appointed American minister plenipotentiary to France, departed from New York on 11 June 1816 aboard the Peacock, a United States sloop of war bound for Le Havre (New York National Advocate, 13 June 1816).

Index Entries

  • A New Universal and Pronouncing Dictionary of the French and English Languages (N. G. Dufief) search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • books; on latitude and longitude search
  • Commentary and Review of Montesquieu’s Spirit of Laws (Destutt de Tracy); Lafayette requests copies of search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; Commentary and Review of Montesquieu’s Spirit of Laws search
  • Duane, William; and Destutt de Tracy’s works search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; A New Universal and Pronouncing Dictionary of the French and English Languages search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; letters to search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; TJ orders books from search
  • French language; dictionaries search
  • Gallatin, Albert; as minister plenipotentiary to France search
  • Gallatin, Albert; conveys letters and parcels search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; and Destutt de Tracy’s commentary on Montesquieu search
  • Mackay, Andrew; The theory and practice of finding the Longitude at Sea or Land search
  • political economy; works on search
  • The theory and practice of finding the Longitude at Sea or Land (A. Mackay) search