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Thomas Jefferson to Nicholas Biddle, 20 August 1813

To Nicholas Biddle

Monticello Aug. 20. 13.


In a letter from mr Paul Allen of Philadelphia, I was informed that other business had obliged you to turn over to him the publication of Govr Lewis’s journal of his Western expedition; and he requested me to furnish him with any materials I could for writing a sketch of his life. I now inclose him such as I have been able to procure, to be used with any other information he may have recieved, or alone, if he has no other, or in any way you & he shall think proper. the part you have been so good as to take in digesting the work entitles you to decide on whatever may be proposed to go out under it’s auspices; and on this ground I take the liberty of putting under cover to you, and for your perusal, my letter to mr Allen, which I will request you to seal & hand on to him. I am happy in this occasion of expressing my portion of the thanks all will owe you for the trouble you have taken with this interesting narrative, and the assurance of my sentiments of high esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Andalusia Foundation, Andalusia, Pa.; photocopy in DNT); mutilated, with missing text supplied from PoC; addressed: “Mr N. Biddle Chesnut Street opposite the State House Philadelphia”; franked; endorsed by Biddle. PoC (DLC). Enclosures: TJ to Paul Allen, 18, 20 Aug. 1813.

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  • Allen, Paul; and N. Biddle’s history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • Biddle, Nicholas; and history of Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • Biddle, Nicholas; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Biography of Meriwether Lewis search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; and publication of journals search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; TJ’s biography of search
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition; publication of journals search