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Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Delaplaine, 29 June 1814

To Joseph Delaplaine

Monticello June 29. 14.

Th: Jefferson presents his respects to Mr Delaplaine & willingly becomes a subscriber to the publication stated in the Prospectus sent him. he presumes there will be some agent within this state who can recieve the subscription money, the difficulty of making remittances of small & fractional sums to a distance & in a paper recievable there being a principal obstruction to these subscriptions. since the date of his letter he has found in his library1 a very fine print of Vespucius done in Florence from the same original from which his portrait is taken. it is the frontispiece of an Eulogium on Vespucius, 6.I. by 4¼ I. should mr Delaplaine find it more convenient to copy this, whenever his engraver proceeds to that part of his work, Th:J. will cut it out of the book and forward it to him, to be returned when done with.

RC (LNT: George H. and Katherine M. Davis Collection); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr Joseph Delaplaine Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Milton, 30 June; endorsement by Delaplaine includes a misrecording of his 17 Aug. 1814 reply: “Wrote 18 Augt 1814.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Canovai, Stanislao; Elogio d’Amerigo Vespucci search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; Delaplaine’s Repository search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; letters to search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; proposal for printing Delaplaine’s Repository search
  • Elogio d’Amerigo Vespucci (S. Canovai) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; TJ’s collection of search
  • Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans (J. Delaplaine) search
  • Vespucci, Amerigo (Americus Vespucius); portrait of search