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Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Milligan, 11 August 1815

To Joseph Milligan

Monticello Aug. 11. 15.

Dear Sir

Your letter of July 31. came to hand the day before yesterday only. one of the boxes of books arrived ten days ago. the other is not yet come. the bill in your last letter is of 50½.D. another which came in your letter of May 6. from Fredericksbg was of 41½.D. there have been a few other books furnished of which I have never had a bill, nor know their amount. they were I believe but few; and as I shall set out for Bedford in a few days and shall be absent some weeks, I think it best to send you a draught on Richmond for 92.D. the amount of the two bills above mentioned, and leave the rest to enter into our next account. with the books I requested you to procure for me and not yet forwarded I must ask you to send me Pike’s arithmetic, Moore’s Greek grammar translated by Ewen, Schrevelius’s Lexicon the latest & best edition, and the 8vo abridgment of Ainsworth’s dictionary. this last to be bound in two separate volumes, to wit, the Latin & English part in 1. vol. & the English & Latin & other parts in a 2d vol. the books formerly desired and not yet sent, were I believe Garnet’s requisite tables, his Nautical Almanac for 1815. and 1816. if published, & the Delphin edition of Virgil with the notes translated lately printed in Philadelphia. other parts of your letter of July 31. shall be attended to at more leisure. in the mean time let the acts of assembly remain unbound. Accept assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. since writing the above I have examined my acts of assembly and am satisfied they cannot be digested without your sending back those you have, after which I can return them for binding.

the 2d box is recieved since writing this letter Aesop Gr. Lat. 8vo not come.

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; above first postscript: “Mr Millegan”; endorsed by TJ.

The delphin edition of classical Latin authors was prepared for the use of the dauphin, the son of French king Louis XIV (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Aesop’s Fables; copy of bound for TJ search
  • Ainsworth, Robert; An Abridgement of Ainsworth’s Dictionary (ed. T. Morell) search
  • An Abridgement of Ainsworth’s Dictionary (R. Ainsworth; ed. T. Morell) search
  • A New and Complete System of Arithmetic (N. Pike) search
  • Blatchford, Samuel; Elements of the Greek Language … Being a Translation of Dr. Moor’s Celebrated Greek Grammar search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • books; of state papers and public documents search
  • books; on latitude and longitude search
  • books; on mathematics search
  • books; purchased from J. Milligan search
  • books; sent by J. Milligan search
  • Delphin edition; TJ orders search
  • Elements of the Greek Language … Being a Translation of Dr. Moor’s Celebrated Greek Grammar (eds. S. Blatchford and G. Ewing) search
  • Ewing, Greville; Elements of the Greek Language … Being a Translation of Dr. Moor’s Celebrated Greek Grammar search
  • Garnett, John; Tables Requisite to be used with the Nautical Ephemeris search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • grammar; study of search
  • Greek language; study of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; prefers Delphin edition search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Milligan search
  • La Rue, Charles de; edits Virgil,Opera. Interpretatione et Notis (Delphin edition) search
  • Latin language; dictionaries search
  • Lexicon Manuale Græco-Latinum et Latino-Græcum (C. Schrevel) search
  • mathematics; books on search
  • Milligan, Joseph; account with TJ search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters to search
  • Milligan, Joseph; sends books to TJ search
  • Milligan, Joseph; TJ orders books from search
  • Moor, James; Elements of the Greek Language … Being a Translation of Dr. Moor’s Celebrated Greek Grammar (eds. S. Blatchford and G. Ewing) search
  • Morell, Thomas; edits An Abridgement of Ainsworth’s Dictionary search
  • Opera. Interpretatione et Notis (Virgil, Delphin edition; ed. C. de La Rue) search
  • Pike, Nicolas; A New and Complete System of Arithmetic search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Schrevel, Cornelius; Lexicon Manuale Græco-Latinum et Latino-Græcum search
  • Tables Requisite to be used with the Nautical Ephemeris (J. Garnett) search
  • Virgil; Opera. Interpretatione et Notis (Delphin edition; ed. C. de La Rue) search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search