Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Jones, Jr., 1 December 1792

To Samuel Jones, Jr.

Philadelphia Dec. 1. 92.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to acknolege the receipt of a copy of the Transactions of the society for Agriculture &c at New York, and to return his thanks for the acceptable present to the President, as also to Mr. Jones for the transmission of the same, with Dr. Mitchill’s Outlines of Natural history &c.

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Samuel Jones junr.” Tr (DLC); 19thcentury copy.

Samuel Jones, Jr. (1770–1853), a native of Long Island, was educated for two years at Columbia but received his degree from Yale in 1790. He later was admitted to the New York bar, and after 1811 he served as a member of the state assembly, as chancellor of the state Court of Chancery, and as a justice on the state Court of Appeals (Dexter, Yale, description begins Franklin B. Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of the College History, New York, 1885–1912, 6 vols. description ends iv, 678–80).

For the transactions intended for the President, see note to James Mease to TJ, 12 Oct. 1792. Dr. Mitchill’s book was Samuel Latham Mitchill’s Outline of the Doctrines in Natural History, Chemistry, and Economics (New York, 1792). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 670.

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