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Nicolas G. Dufief to Thomas Jefferson, 30 January 1817

From Nicolas G. Dufief

A Philadelphie ce 30. Janvier 1817

Monsieur,

J’ai eu l’honneur de vous adresser, par le courrier d’hier matin, le dernier des livres que vous aviez demandés. Vous trouverez ci-inclus mon compte par lequel il vous est du une balance de 4.50 que je tiendrai à votre disposition.

Je regrette beaucoup de n’avoir pu réussir à vous procurer une bible convenable. L’histoire de la philosophie par Enfield ne Se trouve point du tout1 à Philadelphie; on n’y trouve que Sa philosophie.

Agréez les vœux que je fais pour votre santé, & les assurances du plus parfait dévouement

Votre très-respectueux serviteur

N. G. Dufief

Editors’ Translation

Philadelphia 30. January 1817

Sir,

I had the honor of sending you, by yesterday morning’s post, the last of the books you requested. Enclosed you will find my account indicating that you are due a balance of $4.50, which I will hold at your disposal.

I deeply regret that I could not get you a suitable Bible. The History of Philosophy by Enfield is absolutely impossible to find in Philadelphia; here one finds only his philosophy.

Please accept my wishes for your good health and the assurances of my complete devotion

Your very respectful servant

N. G. Dufief

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Th: Jefferson, Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Translation by Dr. Genevieve Moene.

William Enfield’s more readily available work on philosophie was the first American edition of Institutes of Natural Philosophy, Theoretical and Practical (Boston, 1802).

1Preceding two words interlined.

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  • Bible; TJ acquires copies of search
  • books; on natural philosophy search
  • books; sent by N. G. Dufief search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; account with TJ search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; bookseller search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; letters from search
  • Enfield, William; Institutes of Natural Philosophy, Theoretical and Practical search
  • Enfield, William; The History of Philosophy search
  • French language; letters in, from; N. G. Dufief search
  • Institutes of Natural Philosophy, Theoretical and Practical (W. Enfield) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • The History of Philosophy (W. Enfield) search