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From Thomas Jefferson to Nicolas Gouin Dufief, 20 January 1804

To Nicolas Gouin Dufief

Washington Jan. 20. 1804.


I am desirous to obtain two copies of the New testament in Greek or Greek & Latin, both of the same edition exactly; and two others in English, both also of the same edition; and all four of the same format, that they may admit being bound up together. the format to be either 8vo. or 12mo. but the latter of preference. will you be so good as to endeavor to procure these for me? Accept my salutations and best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Dufief.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

The copies of the new testament were intended for “The Philosophy of Jesus,” TJ’s assemblage of English-language biblical verses (EG description begins Dickinson W. Adams and Ruth W. Lester, eds., Jefferson’s Extracts from the Gospels, Princeton, 1983, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 45-9; TJ to Joseph Priestley, 29 Jan.).

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