Thomas Jefferson Papers

List of Books Sold to James Monroe, [10 May 1784]

List of Books Sold to James Monroe

[10 May 1784]

Books sold to Colo. Monroe s
Chastellux Felicité publique. 2.v. 13. 6 
Helvetius de l’homme. 3.v. 13. 6.
Gravina l’esprit des loix Romaines 3.v.1 19.
Barbeyrac discours. 2.v. 10.
Vicat Droit naturel. 2.v. 15.
Felice. droit de la nature 18.
Certitude de Mahometisme 13. 6
Oeuvres de Mably. 4.v.1 1. 1.
Entretiens de Phocion 4.
Recherches sur les Americains. 3.v. 16.
Vattel 1. 16.
Epoques de la nature 2. v.1 11.
Maniere de jouer aux echecs 6.
Oeuvres dramatiques de Diderot. 2.v. 8. 8
Voyage en Grece par Guys. 2.v.1 13. 6
Wolf. 2.v. 4to. 2. 4.
Tissot. santé des gens de lettres 4. 6
      santé des gens du monde 6. 6
      Onanisme 5. 6
      Catalepsie 5. 6
Musschenbroeck. 3.v. 4to.1 3. 15. 0
Henault. Abregé de l’hist. de France 10.
Vattel questions de droit naturell 5.
Blackstone. 4.v. 8vo. 2. 5.
Annual register 1781. 12. 6
21. 12. 8

MS (DLC); entirely in TJ’s hand; endorsed: “Monroe James”; undated, but the date is established by TJ’s entry in his Account Book under 10 May 1784 (see statement of account with Monroe, following).

1This and other volumes had been lent by TJ to members of Congress. In MHi there is a loose memorandum in a vellum-bound book labeled “Law Treaties” (see Vol. 2: 504) which reads as follows:

"Mr. Ellery 2d. Mably
Mr. Spaight Vattel
Colo. Monroe Franklin
3 Gravina
<Mr. Marbois Buffon. Epoques>
Mr. Gheeseland <Tissot Gens du
Voyage a la Grece
      1st vol.
<Univ. signs of death>
Mr. Howell <Vattel Quest. droit
Felice 1st. vol.”
This memorandum of volumes lent may have antedated 25 Feb. 1784 when TJ moved from the “Gheeseland” house (perhaps the residence of Mary Ghiselin, widow of Reverdy Ghiselin) to the Dulany house where Monroe shared his quarters (Dumbauld, Jefferson, American Tourist, 56–7). It is certain that David Howell had borrowed books before that date, for on 21 Feb. 1784 he wrote to Jonathan Arnold: “Gov. Jefferson, who is here a delegate from Virginia, and one of the best members I have ever seen in Congress, has a good Library of French books, and has been so good as to lend to me” (Burnett, Letters of Members description begins Edmund C. Burnett, ed., Letters of Members of the Continental Congress description ends , vii, No. 521).

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