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Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Milligan, 9 December 1818

To Joseph Milligan

Monticello Dec. 9. 18.

Dear Sir

I sent yesterday to Milton a box of books to be forwarded to you by mr Gray. it contains 32. volumes to be bound. there is in each a note how it is to be lettered, and some of these notes express that the book is to have a neat plain binding. all the rest are to be bound in your best manner. I wish you could see the books I recieve from Paris. they are equal to the best English work in weight & solidity and beautifully varied in the taste. I now inclose a small volume which was omitted by accident to be put into the box. it is to be trimmed, as you will see, to fit my petit format shelves

I have safely recieved the 10. copies of Tracy, and have begun their distribution. I send some to members of Congress & of the [V]irginia assembly, but most of them to the different colleges and Universities of the US.

Pray bind the books with as little delay as the solidity of the work will admit, as some of them are in daily use. I salute you with friendship.

Th: Jefferson

Xiphilinus.   
Euler’s Algebra. by Farrar.
Simpson’s Euclid. Josephus. Gr. Lat. Eng. 15. vols
Sloane’s Italy Geologie de Faujas.
Physique de Hauy. 2. v. Revoln de France. Stael. 3. v.
Commentaire sur Montesquieu. Tracy. Planche Dict. Gr. Fr.

Canals and Navigation. Logarithmes [the vol. now inclosd]1

English’s Christianity those marked thus ___ to be plain bound

Aesop by Croxall. when done, be so good as to send me your account which shall be promptly2 remitted.
Graglia’s Dict. Ital. Eng.
Graglia’s Dict. Eng. Ital.

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Cooper to TJ, 3 Sept. 1818; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Joseph Millegan”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Joseph Jérôme Le Français de Lalande, Tables de Logarithmes pour les Nombres et Pour les Sinus (Paris, 1805; repr. 1815; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 8 [no. 405]).

canals and navigation may have been the work about which TJ asked Milligan in his letter of 18 May 1818, namely Samuel Young, comp., A Treatise on Internal Navigation. To which is Annexed, the Report of Albert Gallatin on Roads and Canals (Ballston Spa, 1817; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 215]).

1Brackets in original.

2Manuscript: “prompty.”

Index Entries

  • Aesop; Fables of Æsop and others (trans. S. Croxall) search
  • An Introduction to the Elements of Algebra (J. Farrar) search
  • A Treatise on Internal Navigation. To which is Annexed, the Report of Albert Gallatin on Roads and Canals (comp. S. Young) search
  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • books; binding of for TJ search
  • books; classical search
  • books; on history search
  • books; on mathematics search
  • books; on physics search
  • canals; books on search
  • Christianity; works on search
  • Commentaire sur l’Esprit des Lois de Montesquieu (Destutt de Tracy); bound for TJ search
  • Congress, U.S.; TJ sends works to members of search
  • Considérations sur les principaux événemens de La Révolution Françoise (Staël Holstein) search
  • Cousin, Louis; translatesHistoire Romaine (J. Xiphilinus, J. Zonaras, and Zosimus) search
  • Croxall, Samuel; translatesFables of Æsop and others search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; Commentaire sur l’Esprit des Lois de Montesquieu search
  • Dictionnaire Grec-Français, composé sur l’ouvrage intitulé Thesaurus Linguæ Græcæ, de Henri Étienne (J. Planche) search
  • English, George Bethune; The Grounds of Christianity Examined, by Comparing the New Testament with the Old search
  • Essai de Géologie (Faujas de Saint-Fond) search
  • Euclid; The Elements of Euclid (R. Simson) search
  • Fables of Æsop and others (trans. S. Croxall) search
  • Farrar, John; An Introduction to the Elements of Algebra search
  • Faujas de Saint-Fond, Barthélemy; Essai de Géologie search
  • Flavii Iosephi Hebraei Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (Josephus; eds. S. Haverkamp, J. Hudson, and F. Oberthür) search
  • French language; dictionaries search
  • French Revolution; works on search
  • Gallatin, Albert; A Treatise on Internal Navigation. To which is annexed, the report of Albert Gallatin, on Roads and Canals (comp. S. Young) search
  • geology; books on search
  • Graglia, Giuspanio; Italian-English dictionary of search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; and transmission of packages to and from TJ search
  • Greek language; dictionaries search
  • Haüy, René Just; Traité Élémentaire de Physique search
  • Haverkamp, Siwart; editsFlavii Iosephi Hebraei Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (Josephus) search
  • Histoire Romaine (J. Xiphilinus, J. Zonaras, and Zosimus; trans. L. Cousin) search
  • Hudson, John (editor); editsFlavii Iosephi Hebraei Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (Josephus) search
  • Italian language; dictionaries search
  • Italy; Rambles in Italy; in the Years 1816.…17. By an American (J. Sloan) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; binding of books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; preferred physical characteristics search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; sends books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; shelving arrangement search
  • Josephus; Flavii Iosephi Hebraei Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (eds. S. Haverkamp, J. Hudson, and F. Oberthür) search
  • Josephus; The Genuine Works of Flavius Josephus (trans. W. Whiston) search
  • Lalande, Joseph Jérôme Le Français de; Tables de Logarithmes pour les Nombres et Pour les Sinus search
  • mathematics; books on search
  • Milligan, Joseph; binds books for TJ search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters to search
  • Oberthür, Franz; editsFlavii Iosephi Hebraei Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (Josephus) search
  • physics; books on search
  • Planche, Joseph; Dictionnaire Grec-Français, composé sur l’ouvrage intitulé Thesaurus Linguæ Græcæ, de Henri Étienne search
  • political economy; works on search
  • Rambles in Italy; in the Years 1816.…17. By an American (J. Sloan) search
  • schools and colleges; TJ sends works to search
  • Simson, Robert; The Elements of Euclid search
  • Sloan, James (ca.1786–1819); Rambles in Italy; in the Years 1816.…17. By an American search
  • Staël Holstein, Anne Louise Germaine Necker, baronne de; Considérations sur les principaux événemens de La Révolution Françoise search
  • Tables de Logarithmes pour les Nombres et Pour les Sinus (Lalande) search
  • The Elements of Euclid (R. Simson) search
  • The Grounds of Christianity Examined, by Comparing the New Testament with the Old (G. B. English) search
  • Traité Élémentaire de Physique (R. J. Haüy) search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • Whiston, William; translatesThe Genuine Works of Flavius Josephus (Josephus) search
  • Xiphilinus, John; Histoire Romaine (trans. L. Cousin) search
  • Young, Samuel; compilesA Treatise on Internal Navigation. To which is Annexed, the Report of Albert Gallatin on Roads and Canals search
  • Zonaras, John; Histoire Romaine (trans. L. Cousin) search
  • Zosimus; Histoire Romaine (trans. L. Cousin) search