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Robert Walsh to Thomas Jefferson, 21 October 1817

From Robert Walsh

Baltimore October 21st 1817

Dear Sir

When I mentioned to you the Dissertation of Professor Playfair on the progress of Mathematical and Physical Science, you expressed, I think, a wish to have the work. I therefore take the liberty of Sending it to you, and have no doubt but that it will give you particular pleasure, inasmuch as you have a strong relish for Mathematical Studies.

In examining an invoice of Books Sent Me from France, I perceive that there are but thirty One volumes of the “Annalles du Muséum,” and that the Cost of the whole was 527 francs with a deduction of 20 p.%. The proper title of the work relating to the architecture of Paris is—Les Edifices de Paris &c—

Mr Correa & myself arrived here yesterday, & had altogether a prosperous journey. We remained but two days at Richmond—a sufficient length of time, however, for a pretty minute Survey of that City.

As I mean to Spend the winter in Washington, it will be a great happiness to me, if I Can be in any manner useful to you there.—I offer my most respectful compliments to Colonel & Mrs Randolph, and the assurance of the lively gratitude which I feel for the nature of my reception at Monticello. You will be pleased to believe me, Dear Sir, earnestly Sincere when I add that I am, with the utmost veneration, Your obliged & obedient servt

Robert Walsh Jr

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 Oct. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: John Playfair, Dissertation Second, exhibiting a general view of the Progress of Mathematical and Physical Science, since the revival of letters in Europe (Boston, 1817; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 8 [no. 385]).

annalles du muséum: Annales du Musée et de l’école moderne des beaux-arts, ed. Charles P. Landon (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 4244). The work relating to the architecture of paris was probably Jacques G. Legrand and Landon, Description de Paris et de ses Édifices, 2 vols. (Paris, 1806–09; 2d ed., 1817).

Index Entries

  • Annales du Musée et de l’école moderne des beaux-arts (ed. C. P. Landon) search
  • architecture; books on search
  • books; on architecture search
  • books; on mathematics search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and R. Walsh search
  • Description de Paris et de ses Édifices (J. G. Legrand and C. P. Landon) search
  • Dissertation Second: exhibiting a general view of the Progress of Mathematical and Physical Science, since the revival of letters in Europe (J. Playfair) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Landon, Charles Paul; Description de Paris et de ses Édifices search
  • Landon, Charles Paul; editsAnnales du Musée et de l’école moderne des beaux-arts search
  • Legrand, Jacques Guillaume; Description de Paris et de ses Édifices search
  • mathematics; books on search
  • mathematics; study of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Walsh, Robert search
  • Playfair, John; Dissertation Second: exhibiting a general view of the Progress of Mathematical and Physical Science, since the revival of letters in Europe search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • Walsh, Robert; and books for TJ search
  • Walsh, Robert; and J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Walsh, Robert; letters from search
  • Walsh, Robert; visits Monticello search