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Thomas Jefferson to Mathew Carey, 16 October 1816

To Mathew Carey

Monticello Oct. 16. 16.

Dear Sir

I was very unlucky indeed in being in time for so small a portion only of the books I had wished of Dr Priestly’s library. there was one in particular (Benson’s Saxon Vocabulary) I would rather have given double price for than have missed. the amount of the 3. vols on their way to me being 3.75 D I inclose you 4.D. in Virginia bank notes, which I understand pass with you. the difference of amount may make up that of exchange, if any. I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NHi; tipped into John B. Moreau’s extra-illustrated copy of Jared Sparks, The Life of George Washington [1849], vol. 3, opp. p. 480); at foot of text: “Mr M. Carey”; endorsed by Carey as received 20 Oct. 1816 and answered two days later. PoC (DLC); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

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