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Thomas Jefferson to Mathew Carey, 27 January 1812

To Mathew Carey

Monticello Jan. 27. 12.


The Parliamentary Manual, originally compiled for my own personal use, was printed on the supposition it might be of use to others, and have some tendency to settle the rules of proceeding in Congress, where, in the lower house especially they had got into forms totally unfriendly to a fair extrication of the will of the majority. no right over it was therefore wished to be retained by myself, nor given to others. it’s reimpression consequently is open to every one, nor have I any thing to add to it but what is contained in the inclosed paper. when I first printed it, I had never seen Hatsell’s 3d volume. a subsequent perusal of that suggested the inclosed amendments which should be incorporated with the text of the original in their proper places. I believe that mr Milligan of Georgetown is now engaged in printing an 8vo edition. I think he has erred in the size of the volume. almost the essence of it’s value is in it’s being accomodated to pocket use. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (Christie’s, New York City, 2004); at foot of text: “Mr Matthew Cary”; endorsed by Carey as received 4 Feb. and answered 14 Feb. 1812. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Tr (NjVHi); in an unidentified hand, signed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

TJ mistakenly referred to John hatsell’s 3d volume rather than the fourth (PW description begins Wilbur S. Howell, ed., Jefferson’s Parliamentary Writings, 1988, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 33–4).

Index Entries

  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); and J. Milligan search
  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); and M. Carey search
  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); TJ’s revisions to search
  • Carey, Mathew; and TJ’s Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • Carey, Mathew; letters to search
  • Hatsell, John; Precedents of proceedings in the House of Commons; with observations search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • Milligan, Joseph; reprints TJ’s Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • Precedents of proceedings in the House of Commons (J. Hatsell) search