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Thomas Jefferson to John Vaughan, 22 December 1815

To John Vaughan

Monticello Dec. 22. 15.

Dear Sir

One of my long and frequent absences at a possession about 100. miles S.W. of this has occasioned this tardy acknolegement of your favor of Nov. 21. I rejoice to learn that mr Cathalan was proceeding to send me some wines without awaiting the reciept of my letter, altho, having sent duplicates by different & sure channels he ought to have recieved one before Oct. 2. I thank you for the Communication of Ticknor’s catalogue. most of what I find in it interesting to me had been inserted in the catalogue I had inclosed to him, and are as I suppose now on their way to me. there are in it indeed two volumes which I should be much gratified to obtain. having no correspondent there I thankfully accept your kind offer of procuring them for me; tho it may be too late unless they have been bought at the auction by a bookseller to be resold. they are the following

No 131.  Hederici Lexicon manuale Gr. Lat. Ernesti. 8vo I wish it only in the case of it’s being really in 8vo
No 271.  Timaei Sophistae lexicon vocum Platonicarum, Ruhnkenii.

their cost will be too inconsiderable to be worth limiting. I shall have occasion soon to remit 50.D. to Leghorn. can this be done by a draught directly on the place. I salute you affectionately

Th: Jefferson

RC (PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection, on deposit PPAmP); at foot of text: “John Vaughan esq.”; endorsed in an unidentified hand as received 31 Dec. PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

The two works that TJ requested were Benjamin Hederich (hederici), Graecum Lexicon Manuale, ed. Johann August Ernesti (Leipzig, 1788; for an earlier edition owned by TJ, see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 4762), and an edition by David Ruhnken (ruhnkenii) of Timaeus’s lexicon of words from Plato, Λεξικον Περι Των Παρα Πλατωνι Λεξεων … Lexicon Vocum Platonicarum (Leiden, 1754) (Books, Rare, Curious, Elegant and Valuable, in the departments of the Classicks, Civil Law, History, Criticism, Belles Lettres and Theology, for sale at auction, in Boston, 20 December, 1815 [Boston, 1815]). TJ eventually acquired later editions of both works (Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 13 [no. 847]; 8 [no. 422]).

Index Entries

  • Books, Rare, Curious, Elegant and Valuable … for sale at auction, in Boston, 20 December, 1815 search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); and wine for TJ search
  • Ernesti, Johann August; editsGraecum Lexicon Manuale (B. Hederich) search
  • Everett, Edward; books sold by search
  • Graecum Lexicon Manuale (B. Hederich; ed. J. A. Ernesti) search
  • Greek language; study of search
  • Hederich, Benjamin; Graecum Lexicon Manuale (ed. J. A. Ernesti) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogues from booksellers search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; preferred physical characteristics search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from S. Cathalan search
  • Latin language; dictionaries search
  • Plato; lexicon of words used by search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Ruhnken, David; editsΛεξικὸν περὶ τῶν παρὰ Πλάτωνι Λέξεων … Lexicon Vocum Platonicarum (Timaeus) search
  • Ticknor, George; books sold by search
  • Timaeus (lexicographer); lexicon of words from Plato by search
  • Vaughan, John; and TJ’s lines of credit in Europe search
  • Vaughan, John; letters to search
  • Vaughan, John; TJ purchases books through search
  • wine; TJ orders from S. Cathalan search
  • Λεξικὸν περὶ τῶν παρὰ Πλάτωνι Λέξεων … Lexicon Vocum Platonicarum (Timaeus; ed. D. Ruhnken) search