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Thomas Jefferson to Robert Patterson, 7 March 1811

To Robert Patterson

Monticello Mar. 7. 11.

Dear Sir

I had thought that the copies of the Nautical Almanac which you had been so kind as to furnish me with some time ago, had included the present year, till I had occasion to use one, and found myself mistaken. having no other medium of obtaining it at this moment, I have indulged myself with the hope that your friendship would permit me to ask the favor of you to send me that of the present & subsequent years so far as they have hitherto been published. I can only forward a bill of our own bank, which however I believe the banks with you are in the habit of changing. the books may be forwarded by post. I presume that mr Garnet’s edition continues to be published as heretofore, and that it keeps pace with that of England. Accept assurances of my constant friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Major R. M. Patterson, Chicago, 1945); addressed: “Doctr Robert Patterson Philadelphia”; franked and postmarked. PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

For the nautical almanac of John Garnett, see note to Patterson to TJ, 12 Mar. 1811. TJ enclosed a $5 bill of our own bank (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1263).

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  • Garnett, John; Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris search
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  • The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris (J. Garnett); and R. Patterson search