Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Lewis Goldsmith, 20 May 1801

From Lewis Goldsmith

5 Thaves Inn London 20 May 1801


The great & important Situation in which you are plac’d induces me to take the Liberty to address two Books to you

One consists of a collection of facts & anecdotes tending to expose the base & unjust Measures of certain European cabinets, whose Conduct cannot fail to be view’d with horror in any Country which like your’s is blessd with a free Government.

The other is a Translation of a Work, the original of which I presume is known to you, as it is publishd under the auspices of the french Government & treats of those neutral rights; which are not less interesting to the united States than to the other Nations of Europe. I hope you will do me the honor to accept these trifles, since I offer them only as a Testimony of the respect I entertain for your character & for the sincere attachment I bear towards the united Republics of the New World.

I have the honor to be your most Obed Humble Servt

Lewis Goldsmith

P.S. The Books I have sent to Mr Carne of Falmouth who will have the honor of informing you by which Packet they go—

I’ll be very much obligd to you to inform me of the receipt of them.

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 July and so recorded in SJL.

Lewis Goldsmith (1763?–1846) was a British-born cosmopolitan political writer and journalist of Portuguese Jewish heritage whose initially pro-French career turned savagely against French policy and leadership (DNB description begins H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, In Association with The British Academy, From the Earliest Times to the Year 2000, Oxford, 2004, 60 vols. description ends ).

Two books to you: Goldsmith forwarded his own The Crimes of Cabinets; or, A Review of their Plans and Aggressions for the Annihilation of the Liberties of France and the Dismemberment of her Territories and his English translation of Hauterive’s State of the French Republic at the end of the year VIII, both published in London in 1801 (see Sowerby description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends , Nos. 404, 2444).

John Carne of Falmouth wrote to TJ on 9 June that at Goldsmith’s request he was sending “a small Parcel” under the care of Samuel Newman of the Prince Ernest Packet and asked that it be forwarded from New York “by some safe conveyance” (RC in DLC; at foot of text: “H.E. Thos Jefferson Washington”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 July from “Jason” Carne and so recorded in SJL).

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