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Nicolas G. Dufief to Thomas Jefferson, 14 April 1814

From Nicolas G. Dufief

A Philadelphie ce 14 d’Avril. 1814

Monsieur,

Je vous envoye par le courrier de demain le 1er volume de l’ouvrage de Newton que vous me demandez par votre lettre du 3 du Courant: J’en avais un exemplaire cartonné mais croyant que vous le préfereriez relié Je m’en Suis procuré un par échange. Vous recevrez tout l’ouvrage dans le tems fixé dans une de vos précédentes

Je Suis fâché d’apprendre d’un libraire de New York que “The American Brewer & Malster’s assistant” ne Soit point Sous presse. En attendant, Si quelque autre ouvrage pouvait également remplir vos vues, je m’empresserais de vous en donner avis. J’ai noté tous les ouvrages que Je n’ai pu vous procurer lorsque vous me les avez demandés

J’ai l’honneur d’être avec le plus profond respect votre très-dévoué Serviteur

N. G. Dufief

Editors’ Translation

Philadelphia 14 April. 1814

Sir,

I am sending you by tomorrow’s post the first volume of the work by Newton that you requested in your letter of the third of this month: I had this in boards but thinking that you would prefer a bound copy I procured one by exchange. You will receive the whole work within the time frame fixed in one of your previous letters

I am sorry to learn from a New York bookseller that “The American Brewer & Malster’s assistant” has not gone to press. In the meantime, if some other work could equally meet your needs, I will lose no time in informing you of it. I have noted all the works that I was unable to obtain for you when you asked me for them

I have the honor to be with the most profound respect your very devoted servant

N. G. Dufief

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 22 Apr. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Translation by Dr. Genevieve Moene.

With this letter Dufief may have enclosed a brief account indicating that on this date he had given Philip H. Nicklin $3 in cash and a copy of “Newton’s Philosophy” in boards valued at $15 in exchange for a bound copy of the same publication (MS in DLC: TJ Papers, 201:35729; written on a scrap in a clerk’s hand; undated; edge trimmed; with notation by TJ on verso: “1813 Sep. 6. Priestley’s to J. Adams,” “Dufief’s dict.,” and “Directory 1.2[5]”). The work by Isaac newton was probably The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, trans. Andrew Motte, new ed. by William Davis, 3 vols. (London, 1803; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3721; for Newton’s original Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3720).

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  • A New Universal and Pronouncing Dictionary of the French and English Languages (N. G. Dufief) search
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  • Coppinger, Joseph; The American Practical Brewer and Tanner search
  • Davis, William; as editor of I. Newton search
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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Motte, Andrew; translator of I. Newton search
  • Newton, Sir Isaac; Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica search
  • Newton, Sir Isaac; The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy search
  • Nicklin, Philip H.; bookseller search
  • Philadelphia; directory search
  • Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (I. Newton) search
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  • Priestley, Joseph; The Doctrines of Heathen Philosophy, compared with those of Revelation search
  • The American Practical Brewer and Tanner (J. Coppinger) search
  • The Doctrines of Heathen Philosophy, compared with those of Revelation (J. Priestley) search
  • The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (I. Newton) search