Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Henry Remsen, 31 December 1800

To Henry Remsen

Washington Dec. 31. 1800.

Dear Sir

I see advertised by Campbell 124. Pearl street, Scatcherd’s pocket bible, bound in Marocco. it is an edition which I have long been wishing to get, to make part of a portable library which the course of my life has rendered convenient. will you be so good as to get a copy for me and forward by post, sending a note of the price which shall be immediately remitted with the annual subscription for the Republican watchtower. I expect the book is dear for it’s size. cover it securely if you please with strong paper to save it from rubbing. mr Denniston has more frequently latterly sent me his daily paper instead of the Repub. Watch T. it is not as agreeable on account of it’s volume, and as I bind up my papers at the end of the year—indeed I am obliged to abandon all daily papers on account of their bulk. we have nothing new here except that Congress are resting on their oars. there appears to be a suspension of the public will and councils, until they recieve their permanent impulse. accept assurances of my constant esteem.

Th: Jefferson

RC (E. Garfield Gifford, Jr., Short Hills, New Jersey, 1955); at foot of text: “Mr. Remsen.” PrC (ViW); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

The advertisement for Scatcherd’s pocket Bible available at Samuel Campbell’s bookstore began appearing in the New York American Citizen on 30 Oct. 1800.

David Denniston began publishing the semiweekly Republican Watch-Tower in March 1800, and in 1801 James Cheetham joined him in the enterprise. In 1803 Cheetham became the sole publisher of the newspaper to which TJ subscribed throughout his presidency. Denniston’s daily newspaper was the American Citizen and General Advertiser, which he established after purchasing the New York Argus and its semiweekly publication, Greenleaf’s New York Journal (Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 1:608, 610, 684; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 588).

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