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David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 10 December 1811

From David Bailie Warden

Paris, 10 December, 1811—

Dear Sir,

I have the honor of informing you, that I forwarded, to their address, the letters which you were pleased to confide to my care. That, for Mr.1 Mazzei, was forwarded to him by Mr. Cathalan, of Marseilles— I inclose a letter, from Mr Walsh, in reply to that you sent by me. General La Fayette says, that he will write to you by the frigate— Baron Humboldt did not receive the letter which was forwarded by the John adams. He hopes to hear from you soon. He is now in Germany, and will shortly return to Paris. I inclose a letter from Senator Tracy—He proposes to write to you soon; and He sends you a MS., which I put under cover to the President—He is much pleased with the Commentary on Montesquieu. He has presented you a copy of his works, which will be conveyed in a case,2 by the frigate Constitution, addressed to the Philosophical Society— In the same case, I have forwarded, for your acceptance, a copy of Peuchets’ Statistique—and I have inclosed a copy of the Atlas of Le Sage, for Mrs. Randolph—a work which will amuse, and instruct the young Ladies— I send, under cover, for3 the President, a packet from Madame de Tessy— General O’Connor,4 who lives near Fontainbleau, took charge of the letters for General Kosciusko—

I am, at present, much occupied with the duties of my office, but hope soon to have leisure to communicate to you some late5 improvements, of this Country, in Science and the Arts—

I pray you, to present my respects to Mr. and Mrs. Randolph, and to accept the renewal of my thanks for the interest which you were pleased to employ in my welfare—

I am, Sir, with great esteem & respect, your most obliged Servant

D. B. Warden

RC (DLC); between dateline and salutation: “To Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 Feb. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. FC (MdHi: Warden Letterbook). Enclosures: (1) Peter Walsh to TJ, 10 Oct. 1811. (2) Destutt de Tracy to TJ, 21 Oct., 15 Nov. 1811.

under cover to the president, Warden sent TJ the manuscript of Destutt de Tracy’s Elémens d’Idéologie, originally enclosed in Destutt de Tracy to TJ, 15 Nov. 1811, and described there. A month after he received the above letter and its enclosures, TJ had not yet received Destutt de Tracy’s manuscript (Warden to James Madison, 2 Dec. 1811, Madison, Papers, Pres. Ser., 4:48; TJ to Madison, 26 Mar. 1812). Warden also conveyed separately copies of Jacques Peuchet, Statistique élémentaire de la France (Paris, 1805; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 2682), and Emmanuel Auguste Dieudonné Marin Joseph, comte de Las Cases (writing under the pseudonym of A. le sage), Genealogical, chronological, historical, and geographical atlas (London, 1801), or a later French edition of this work.

1FC: “Mrs.”

2FC: “conveyed to You.”

3Revised from “for” to “to” in FC.

4Reworked from what appears to be “La Fayette.”

5FC: “new.”

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; forwards publications to TJ search
  • books; on geography search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); forwards TJ’s correspondence search
  • Commentary and Review of Montesquieu’s Spirit of Laws (Destutt de Tracy); TJ forwards to Destutt de Tracy search
  • Constitution, USS (frigate) search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; Commentary and Review of Montesquieu’s Spirit of Laws search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; sends manuscript to TJ search
  • Genealogical, chronological, historical, and geographical atlas (Las Cases) search
  • geography; books on search
  • Humboldt, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander, Baron von; visits Germany search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • John Adams (ship); carries letters to and from Europe search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; letters delivered to search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; plans to write TJ search
  • Las Cases, Emmanuel Auguste Dieudonné Marin Joseph, comte de (A. Le Sage); Genealogical, chronological, historical, and geographical atlas search
  • Madison, James; and D. B. Warden search
  • Mazzei, Philip; S. Cathalan forwards letter to search
  • O’Connor, Arthur; delivers letters search
  • Peuchet, Jacques; Statistique élémentaire de la France search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); books sent to 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
  • Statistique élémentaire de la France (J. Peuchet) search
  • Tessé, Adrienne Catherine de Noailles de; J. Madison forwards letter from search
  • Walsh, Peter; letters from forwarded search
  • Warden, David Bailie; carries TJ’s letters to France search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends publications to TJ search