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David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 16 January 1811

From David Bailie Warden

Philadelphia, 16 Jan. 1811


I had the honor of sending you, the other day, from new york, thro’ the Post-Office, three nos of a Philosophical work, which I hope will reach you—From Baltimore I sent you three packets containing brochures—You were pleased to promise me a copy of your “Manual of Parliamentary practice,”1 which I promised to send to a friend at Paris. If you can spare two Copies I wish much to keep one for my own use—I beg leave to mention, that a variety of business, which I left unfinished at Paris induces me to return there as soon as possible, and I fondly hope that the President, thro’ your friendly mediation, will nominate me to the place I lately held— Several of my political, and scientific friends, of this City and of new york, have written to Senators in my behalf, and it is believed that this body will not oppose my nomination2— General armstrong, I am told, has declared to several Individuals that he has no objection to my reappointment—I wish, if possible, for good reasons, to embark on board a flag vessel, and to be charged with the dispatches of the Government—you will please to send your letters, for France, to the care of the President—In the course of ten days I shall be at Washington—If you can send the plough, I shall take charge of it with pleasure—If I be fortunate enough to return to Paris as Consul, I will employ all possible industry and activity in promoting the views of the administration and discharging the duties of my Office3—I saw Dr Barton last evening who informs me that the voyage of Capt Lewis is in considerable forwardness—That of Pike has appeared—I have been hitherto unfortunate in not seeing Mr Dufief—I shall endeavor to find him today— one of the nos. I sent you, of the Philosophical Journal of Belfast, contains a curious paper on the linnen trade of the north of Ireland—The author informs me in a letter which I have just received, that the cotton has almost destroyed the linnen business: and that the whole of the stock of one of his sons has remained unsold, in London for a year past—which has decided him to try his fortune in the united States— yesterday I took the liberty of sending under cover to you two brochures for mrs Randolph—accompanied with a note—I beg you to present my respects to her mr Randolph and family—I am, Sir, with Great respect and esteem,

Your very obedt and oblgd Servt

David Bailie Warden

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 May 1811 and so recorded in SJL. FC (MdHi: Warden Letterbook); in Warden’s hand; dated 15 Jan. 1811; lacking concluding section and closing.

Zebulon Montgomery pike wrote An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, and through the Western Parts of Louisiana, to the sources of the Arkansaw, Kans, La Platte, and Pierre Jaun, Rivers (Philadelphia, 1810; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 4169; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library [1829] description ends , 7 [no. 371]). Samuel M. Stephenson, a founding member of the belfast Literary Society, was author of “The History of the Linen Manufacture in the County of Antrim,” Belfast Literary Society, Select Papers, fasc. 2 (see Belfast Literary Society, 1801–1901: Historical Sketch [1902], 10, 185). Warden’s note to Martha Jefferson Randolph of 15 Jan. 1811 (MdHi: Warden Letterbook) advised that he had sent her “two volumes” from Baltimore and an engraving of Napoleon via Dolley Madison, added that with this note he was sending two copies of his translation of Antoine Léonard Thomas’s Eulogium on Marcus Aurelius (New York, 1808; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 425), and briefly apprised her of the status of his quest for a consular appointment.

1Omitted closing quotation mark editorially supplied.

2Sentence omitted in FC.

3FC ends here.

Index Entries

  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); D. B. Warden requests search
  • An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi (Z. M. Pike) search
  • Armstrong, John; and D. B. Warden search
  • Barton, Benjamin Smith; and history of Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • Belfast Literary Society search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; mentioned search
  • Eulogium on Marcus Aurelius (Thomas) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition; history of search
  • linen search
  • Madison, Dolley Payne Todd (James Madison’s wife); mentioned search
  • Madison, James; and D. B. Warden search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; print of search
  • Pike, Zebulon Montgomery; An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); and D. B. Warden search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings to search
  • Stephenson, Samuel Martin; “The History of the Linen Manufacture,” search
  • textiles; linen search
  • Thomas, Antoine Léonard; Eulogium on Marcus Aurelius (trans. Warden) search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and J. Armstrong search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends publications to TJ search
  • Warden, David Bailie; translates Eulogium on Marcus Aurelius search
  • “The History of the Linen Manufacture” (Stephenson) search