Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Richard Stockton, 12 December 1790

To Richard Stockton

Philadelphia Dec. 12. 1790.


I am much obliged by your attention in procuring a set of the laws of New Jersey. Your letter of yesterday, not being handed to me till this morning, and no body being in the Treasury offices on Sunday, I cannot procure you the necessary order for the money till tomorrow. It shall be done as early in the day as the attendance of the officers of the treasury and their forms will admit. As soon as obtained I will send it to No. 83. Walnut street, where you will recieve it yourself if there, or leave orders with some one if you shall be gone.

The volumes you have been so good as to purchase will be received at any time you please by Mr. Henry Remsen, chief clerk at my office on Market street near 8th. on the North side.—I have the honour to be with great respect Sir Your most obedient and most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Richard Stockton esq. Atty for the U.S. district of New Jersey.”

On 15 Dec. 1790 TJ wrote Stockton: “Mr. Jefferson’s compliments to Mr. Stockton, and is sorry that the necessary consultations to accomodate to the forms of the treasury this class of accounts (of which Mr. Stockton’s happened to be the first that came in) prevented his sending him the inclosed Bank post note for 30½ Dollars, the amount of his account for the purchase of the law books of his state. He observes that the collector of the customs named in his letter will give him cash for this bill” (PrC in DLC; not recorded in SJL).

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