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John W. Campbell to Thomas Jefferson, 19 September 1809

From John W. Campbell

Petersburg Sep 19th 1809

Respected Sir

I feel sensibly my obligations for your attention to my letter. From looking over the list of your official Papers & other Writings I am induced to believe that I could Select what would amount to an Octavo Volume which I would be happy to have the honour of publishing.

The “Reports,” While Secretary of State
Messages to Congress &
Summary View,

These or such of them as you might select, I would publish without the fear of being unrewarded for my trouble.

I have lately published in conjunction with Hopkins & Earle, of Philadelphia, “Gillies’s History of the World, from the Riegn of Alexander, to that of Augustus,” which I would be willing to offer as a sample of the accuracy of my publications.

I submit the proposal to your goodness & Wisdom, and solicit with diffidence & respect an Answer by mail.

I am with Sincerity & esteem Your Humb. Servt.

J. W. Campbell

RC (DLC); dateline adjacent to signature; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Sept. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

An American edition of John Gillies, The History of the World, from the reign of Alexander to that of Augustus, 2 vols. (London, 1807), had been lately published by hopkins & earle, the Boston firm of Farrand, Mallory, & Company, and Campbell.

Index Entries

  • A Summary View of the Rights of British America (Thomas Jefferson) search
  • Campbell, John Wilson; letters from search
  • Campbell, John Wilson; proposes to publish TJ’s public papers search
  • Gillies, John; The History of the World, from the reign of Alexander to that of Augustus search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; publication of papers search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; A Summary View of the Rights of British America search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; messages to Congress search
  • The History of the World, from the reign of Alexander to that of Augustus (J. Gillies) search