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Louis H. Girardin to Thomas Jefferson, 19 April 1815

From Louis H. Girardin

April 19. 1815.

L. H. Girardin to Mr Jefferson.

I send to You, Dear & Respected Sir, some books of Mr Joseph Cabell’s, which Col. Randolph tells me he would like to read—Perhaps, they may also amuse some of Your moments—I am sure Mr Cabell will be pleased with my leaving them at Monticello. Col. Randolph has promised to return them to Mr Cabell where and when he may chuse.—

I wish You complete relief from Your troublesome Bibliography—and Salute You with most affectionate Respect.
 The Books are
Journal de Physique 9 Cahiers  4to
Anatomie Comparée de Cuvier 5 vol. 8vo
Théorie de la terre—par La metherie 5. vol. 8vo
Wildenow—Species plantarum 8 vol. 8vo
Chemical Nomenclature 1 vol. 4to1
Helvetiens Flora 2 vol. 16mo
[(]with Col. Randh)  Murray’s Linné 1 vol. 8vo
Pestalozzi 1 vol. 8vo Boards.
Des fontaines Tableau Botanique &.c  1 vol. 8vo—Dto—
P.S. I find, upon trying the trunk, that it will not contain all the books—I keep for another time
Des fontaines—
H. Flora.
Journal de Physique.

RC (DLC); edge trimmed; endorsed by Thomas Mann Randolph.

Girardin’s list included Georges cuvier, Leçons d’Anatomie Comparée, 5 vols. (Paris, 1800–05; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 999); Jean Claude de Lamétherie (la metherie), Théorie de La Terre (Paris, 1795); and Karl Ludwig Willdenow (wildenow), Species Plantarum, 5 vols. (Berlin, 1797–1810). The work on chemical nomenclature was George Pearson, A Translation of the Table of Chemical Nomenclature, proposed by de Guyton, formerly de Morveau, Lavoisier, Bertholet and de Fourcroy, with additions and alterations (London, 1794; 2d ed. London, 1799), and that on flora was Johann Rudolf Suter, Flora Helvetica: Exhibens Plantas Helvetiae Indigenas Hallerianas, et Omnes quae Nuper Detectae sunt Ordine Linnaeano (Zurich, 1802; Joseph C. Cabell’s autographed copy is at ViU). The publication of linné was Johann Andreas Murray, ed., Caroli a Linné … Systema Vegetabilium secundum Classes Ordines Genera Species cum Characteribus et Differentiis (Göttingen, 1774). The tableau was René Louiche Desfontaines, Tableau de l’École de Botanique du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, 1804).

1Word inserted in place of “folo.”

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  • anatomy; books on search
  • A Translation of the Table of Chemical Nomenclature (G. Pearson) search
  • books; on anatomy search
  • books; on botany search
  • books; on chemistry search
  • books; on geology search
  • books; on mineralogy search
  • books; on physics search
  • botany; books on search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; books owned by search
  • Caroli a Linné (ed. J. A. Murray) search
  • chemistry; books on search
  • Cuvier, Georges; Leçons d’Anatomie Comparée search
  • Desfontaines, René Louiche; Tableau de l’École de Botanique du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle search
  • Flora Helvetica (J. R. Suter) search
  • geology; books on search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letter from search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; sends books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Journal de physique search
  • Lamétherie, Jean Claude de; Théorie de La Terre search
  • Leçons d’Anatomie Comparée (G. Cuvier) search
  • Linnaeus, Carolus (Carl von Linné); Caroli a Linné … System Vegetabilium (ed. J. A. Murray) search
  • mineralogy; books on search
  • Murray, Johann Andreas; edits Caroli a Linné search
  • Pearson, George; A Translation of the Table of Chemical Nomenclature search
  • Pestalozzi, Johann Heinrich; work by loaned to TJ search
  • physics; books on search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); books sent to search
  • Species Plantarum (K. L. Willdenow) search
  • Suter, Johann Rudolf; Flora Helvetica search
  • Tableau de l’École de Botanique du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (R. L. Desfontaines) search
  • Théorie de La Terre (J. C. Lamétherie) search
  • Willdenow, Karl Ludwig; Species Plantarum search