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William C. Rives to Thomas Jefferson, 4 June 1811

From William C. Rives

Milton June 4th, 11

W. Rives offers his most respectful compliments to Mr. Jefferson, & informs him that he is at present unable to communicate the precise amount of the costs of Mitford’s Greece & Mrs. Macauley’s England, but will procure the agent of Brown & Rives in this place to obtain a particular statement of them from the house in Richmond. The manner in which Mr. Jefferson proposes to discharge these costs will be perfectly convenient & satisfactory.—If Mr. Jefferson should wish to retain Col. Barbour’s Mitford for any other purpose than a comparison of it with his own, W. Rives is authorised to assure Mr. Jefferson of the readiness & pleasure with which it will be continued in his use.—He begs leave to repeat to Mr. Jefferson the expression of his warmest sentiments of gratitude & esteem.—

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 4 June 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

In 1809 TJ recommended Catharine Macaulay’s work on england, The History of England from the Accession of James I. to that of the Brunswick Line, 8 vols. (London, 1763–83; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 386), to other readers (enclosure to TJ to John Wyche, 4 Oct. 1809).

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