Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Henry Remsen, [10?] August 1792

To Henry Remsen

Aug. [10?] 1792

Th:J. will be obliged to Mr. Remsen to purchase two copies of Hutchins’s historical narrative of Louisiana and West-Florida immediately. They are for Mr. Short and Mr. Carmichael, to be paid for out of his contingent money. He will thank him for a 3d. copy which he will pay for himself. It is said they are to be had at Berry & Rogers’s.

RC (DLC photostat); dateline partly illegible. Not recorded in SJL. At foot of text is a label indicating that this letter may have been mounted on the back of a Gilbert Stuart portrait of TJ in the Walker Art Building of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Inquiries at Bowdoin College, however, have not substantiated this conjecture.

The work TJ sought was Thomas Hutchins, An Historical Narrative and Topographical Description of Louisiana, and West-Florida (Philadelphia, 1784).

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