Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Franklin Bache, 26 December 1795

To Benjamin Franklin Bache

Monticello Dec. 26. 1795.

Dear Sir

Mr. Crosby writes me he has bespoke from you a set of your papers for the present year to be bound up and forwarded to me after the end of the year as usual. Independant of this I shall be glad to become your subscriber from the 1st. day of this month for another set to be forwarded to me by post. As some of these will miscarry, I shall hope that on forwarding to you at the end of the next year a list of the papers wanting you will be so good as to furnish them at the pro ratâ price that I may have the whole year bound up here. I now inclose you an order on Mr. Barnes, 3d. street, South, for a year’s subscription. The papers from the 1st. day of this month till you recieve this, to be forwarded by the first post.

I sent off your gong as early last spring as I thought the navigation safe; but the directions I gave from anxiety to get it safe to you were so particular that they have retarded it’s passage. It got safely to Colo. Gamble’s hands in Richmond some time ago, under a charge to send it by some Captain of a vessel resident in Philadelphia. I hope by this time you will have recieved it, tho’ I have not heard of it’s leaving Richmond. When are we to see the new edition of Dr. Franklin’s works? The delay gives me apprehensions. I am with great esteem Dr. Sir Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (PWacD: Feinstone Collection, on deposit PPAmP); addressed: “Mr. Benjamin Franklin Bache Philadelphia”; endorsed in unidentified hand: “Ths. Jefferson’s orders for directing the Aurora to Monticello.” Enclosure not found. Enclosed in TJ to Sampson Crosby, 26 Dec. 1795.

A 25 Jan. 1796 letter from Bache to TJ, recorded in SJL as received 27 Feb. 1796, has not been found.

According to SJL, on this date TJ also wrote letters to “Pleasants & son,” printers of the Virginia Gazette, and Richmond and Manchester Advertiser, which in April 1795 had become the Richmond and Manchester Advertiser, Augustine Davis, printer of the Richmond Virginia Gazette, and General Advertiser, and Andrew Brown, printer of the Philadelphia Gazette, none of which has been found (Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , ii, 911, 1136, 1148; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends Nos. 540, 579, 584). A missing letter from Davis to TJ of 13 Jan. 1796 is recorded in SJL as received on 16 Jan. 1796.

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