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Joseph Delaplaine to Thomas Jefferson, 24 February 1817

From Joseph Delaplaine

Philada Feby 24h 1817.

Dear sir,

I received, duly, your very obliging favour with an accompanying recommendation of the Repository, which I caused to be published in six or seven Newspapers. It was all I could have wished.—I thank you for it most sincerely. It shall be given with a future no of the Work.—

Your life & Portrait are preparing for the second half volume.—Mr Madison’s will be given in the 3d

I should, I must confess, have liked to have said something of your religious belief in your life, but as you have enjoined it upon me not to touch the subject, & as I know I have your confidence, I shall certainly never incur your displeasure.

I trust, dear sir, my life of you will be a just one, and if it is a just one, it ought to give satisfaction to all.

Best respects to Mrs Randolph & the Colo1

Whenever you will do me the honour to drop me a line, it will be receivd with great happiness.

May God bless you

yours with esteem

Joseph Delaplaine

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Mar. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to de Bure Frères, 6 June 1817, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 24 Feb.

For TJ’s very obliging favour and recommendation of the repository, see TJ to Delaplaine, 25 Dec. 1816, first and second letters, respectively. James madison’s biography was not ultimately included in Delaplaine’s Repository description begins Joseph Delaplaine, Delaplaine’s Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans, Philadelphia, 1816–18, 2 vols.; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 4 (no. 139) description ends .

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  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
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