Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Nicholas King, 12 November 1801

From Nicholas King

Washington 12th. Nov. 1801

Nicholas King’s respects to Thomas Jefferson, and, begs his acceptance of the accompanying Drawing. Altho’ inferior in execution, to the work of an Artist, he hopes it will not be thought the less of, as the tribute of esteem.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Nov. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found, but see below.

The enclosed drawing has not been identified, but TJ’s “Catalogue of Paintings &ca. at Monticello” includes, as item No. 85, “the President’s House at Washington, in water colours by King.” A week after sending this letter, the artist offered a proposal to publish, by subscription, “Two Views in the city of Washington,” one of the President’s House and executive offices and the other of the Capitol, “as they were in the Spring of the year 1801” (MS in ViU, undated, in TJ’s hand; National Magazine; or Cabinet of the United States [Washington, D.C.], 19 Nov. 1801; Stein, Worlds description begins Susan R. Stein, The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, New York, 1993 description ends , 84).

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