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Thomas Jefferson to Mathew Carey, 29 December 1817

To Mathew Carey

Monticello Dec. 29. 17.

Dear Sir

The catalogue you were so kind as to send me has come safe to hand. we are not yet so far advanced in our Collegiate institution as to be able to commence the establishment of a library: but I see on the catalogue some books which I will ask the favor of you to send me. they are noted below.1 the Worral & miniature bible will come safer & quicker by mail if well wrapped in strong paper. the others be so kind as to address to Capt Bernard Peyton of Richmond by any of the vessels which almost daily leave Philada for Richmond. to the bill for these be so kind as to add the Builder’s price book delivered to mr Carstairs and your last Olive branch to which I was a subscriber & recieved my copy. the [a]mount2 shall be promptly remitted. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

No 798. Register [of] officers of the US. 1816. 8vo 1.50
1951. Bridgeman’s digested Index to Chancery reports: 3. v. 8vo
 London. no price stated.
2202. Worral’s catalogue. 2. vols. 1.75
2383. Whiston’s Josephus 3. v. 8vo 7.D.
2412. N[ewcome]’s Harmony in Greek of the gospels. 8vo 3.50.
2426. [Ray’s] Synopsis of systems. 8vo 1.D.
2481. Bible 3[2]mo Lond [1]8[1]6. 8.D[.]

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Vaughan to TJ, 6 Oct. 1817; faint; endorsed by TJ.

The thirty-twomo miniature bible TJ ordered was listed in Mathew Carey & Son’s catalogue as the “smallest ever printed” (Catalogue of an extensive Collection of Books in every department of Ancient and Modern Literature, for sale by M. Carey and Son [Philadelphia, 1818], 167).

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

2Word mutilated at seal.

Index Entries

  • A Harmony in Greek of the Gospels (W. Newcome) search
  • An Analytical Digested Index of the Reported Cases in the Several Courts of Equity, and the high Court of Parliament (R. W. Bridgman) search
  • A Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the service of the United States, On the Thirtieth day of September, 1816 search
  • Bible; miniature edition of search
  • Bible; TJ acquires copies of search
  • Bibliotheca Legum Angliæ, part I. or, a Catalogue of the Common and Statute Law Books of this Realm (comp. J. Worrall) search
  • books; of builders’ prices search
  • books; on politics search
  • Bridgman, Richard Whalley; An Analytical Digested Index of the Reported Cases in the Several Courts of Equity, and the high Court of Parliament search
  • Carey, Mathew; and books for TJ search
  • Carey, Mathew; letters to search
  • Carey, Mathew; publishesThe House Carpenters’ Book of Prices search
  • Carey, Mathew; The Olive Branch: or Faults on Both Sides, Federal and Democratic search
  • Carstairs, Thomas; and builders’ prices search
  • Central College; books for search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogues from booksellers search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; packing and shipping of search
  • Josephus; The Genuine Works of Flavius Josephus (trans. W. Whiston) search
  • law; books on search
  • Newcome, William; A Harmony in Greek of the Gospels search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Ray, John Mead; Synopsis, or, A Comprehensive View of Philosophical, Political & Theological Systems search
  • religion; works on search
  • Synopsis, or, A Comprehensive View of Philosophical, Political & Theological Systems (J. M. Ray) search
  • The Genuine Works of Flavius Josephus (Josephus; trans. W. Whiston) search
  • The House Carpenters’ Book of Prices, and Rules for measuring and valuing all their different kinds of work; published by M. Carey search
  • The Olive Branch: or Faults on Both Sides, Federal and Democratic (M. Carey) search
  • Whiston, William; translatesThe Genuine Works of Flavius Josephus (Josephus) search
  • Worrall, John; compilesBibliotheca Legum Angliæ, part I. or, a Catalogue of the Common and Statute Law Books of this Realm search