From William Playfair
Paris 13th March 1789
Although I have not the honour to be known to your Exellency I hope that I may be permitted to take the liberty of presenting you with a copy of a translation just now Published of my Charts of Lineal Arithmetic.
I hope that your Excellency will do me the Honour to accept of this feeble Hommage which I pay to your Abilities and Charracter.
I have the honour to be Sir Your Excellencies most obedient & most humble Servant
RC (DLC); 1. p.; at head of text in TJ’s hand: “Quai des Celestins près l’Arsenal chez Mde. Bontems limonadier”; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 14 Mch. 1789.
Playfair’s Tableaux d’arithmétique linéaire, du commerce, des finances et de la dette nationale de l’Angleterre, was published in Paris in 1789 (see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–1955, 4 vols. description ends No. 2940).