Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 17 September 1789

To James Madison

Paris Sep. 17. 1789.

Dear Sir

I have sent to Havre the following packages, with directions to send them by the first vessel to New York to your address. TI. No. 29. a box of books. These were packed before I took a list of them, therefore I cannot inform you of it’s contents. I believe the whole are for you; tho’ should it be otherwise the person’s name will always be found written on or in the book.

TI. No. 33. TI. No. 34. T.I. No. 35. Three boxes containing each of them two busts in plaister of Admiral P. Jones which he destines for yourself, Genl. St. Clair, Mr. Ross of Philadelphia, Mr. Charles Thomson, Colo. Wadsworth and Colo. Carrington, and of which he asks your and their acceptance. I trouble you with the consignment to avoid the confusion and errors that might have taken place if consigned severally. In the box No. 29. I have put a collection of the proofs in tin of the medals voted by the U.S. (except two, of which the dies are in America) the medals themselves not being allowed to be taken, I desired the workmen to let me have two sets of their last proofs; for their manner is, as their work proceeds, to make impressions of it in pure tin, in order to correct &c. These proofs are in fact more delicate than the medals themselves, and the last of them shew the impressions complete. I have had them arranged in a frame, under glass &c. and beg your acceptance of them. This letter will go with the boxes. I am with sincere esteem, Dear Sir, Your affectionate friend & servt,

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); addressed: “James Madison esquire of the Virginia delegation in Congress, at New York. with 4. packages, marked and numbered TI. No. 29. 33. 34. 35.”; endorsed. PrC (DLC).

A clerk’s copy of the bill of lading for the four boxes by the ship Cato, Peter Seton, dated 3 Oct. 1789, and consigned to Madison, is in DLC: Madison Papers.

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