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Thomas Jefferson to de Bure Frères, 27 May 1819

To de Bure Frères

Monticello May 27. 19.

Messrs Debure freres

The books you were so kind as to send me the last year arrived safely and in good time. the letter and invoice which should have accompanied them got separated and did not arrive until a month or two after the books, which occasioned some difficulties and delay at the Custom-house for want of the invoice to settle the duties. it would be best always when you have closed a box of books for me; to deliver the original letter and invoice to our Ambassador at Paris, now mr Gallatin, who has constant opportunities of sending them, and to send the duplicates with the books to mr Beasly our Consul at Havre, who is very kind; & punctual in forwarding whatever he recieves from you for me.

Your letter of Octob. 1. informed me that there remained in your hands in my favor a balance of 203.75 ƒ and I have now desired my friend John Vaughan of Philadelphia to place at your disposal a further sum of 100.D. part of a larger sum he is remitting for me. this, if done at par, will add 533⅓ ƒ to the former balance; and I now send you a catalogue of the books I wish to recieve, as far as these funds will accomplish. I wish that those first mentioned on the catalogue should be procured of preference to those which follow, and to stop in the catalogue where the funds stop. I thank you for not sending the Xenophon of Gaël, which I had requested on misinformation of it’s size and price. a 4to volume is more than I can hold in my hand; and I do not like to be pinned in a fixed posture to a table. I adhere therefore to 8vos which can be held in the hand, or laid on the table at convenience. in this last circumstance, the 8vo has an advantage over the 12mo. I must pray you to use all practicable dispatch in making up and forwarding this envoi; that it may arrive before the boisterous weather of winter commences, when they would be sure to be damaged by wet; remembering always that I like handsome & solid bindings. I salute you with great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Wilson Cary Nicholas to TJ, 25 Jan. 1819; at foot of text: “

original thro’ mr  Vaughan.                             
2te Gelston.
June 29. 4ate of Exch. Girard on Laffite. 525 ƒ thro’ Departmt of State
”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL with additional bracketed notation “100.D.” and an indication that it was sent through John Vaughan and David Gelston. Enclosure not found. Enclosed in TJ to Vaughan, 28 May 1819, TJ to Gelston, 29 May 1819, and possibly in TJ to Daniel Brent, [ca. 29 June 1819], not found (see note to Brent to TJ, 4 July 1819).

envoi: “parcel; package.”

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; and books for TJ search
  • books; binding of for TJ search
  • books; tariffs on search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); letters to search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ’s account with search
  • Gail, Jean Baptiste; translatesŒuvres Complètes de Xénophon (Xenophon) search
  • Gallatin, Albert; conveys letters and parcels search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; binding of books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; packing and shipping of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; purchases from de Bure Frères search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; account with de Bure Frères search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; books search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and payments made for TJ search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • Xenophon; Œuvres Complètes de Xénophon (trans. J. B. Gail) search