Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Austin, 29 January 1802

From David Austin

Washington Jan’y 29th. A.D. 1802.

Respected Sir

You was obligingly disposed to say, that tho’ you did not subscribe, you would receive a copy of the publica. in hand.—The Boy waits on the President with two copies—The price is fifty Cents each. If the President accepts the two, it will be the more obliging; as I have little other means of living but from the avails of the truth I publish to the world.

If the President could accommodate me to the situation of Librarian, it would be a favor long to be remembered.—

With sentiments of esteem

David Austin

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Th: Jefferson Pres: U: States”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Jan. and so recorded in SJL.

Copy of the publication: David Austin, The National “Barley Cake,” or, The “Rock of Offence” Into A “Glorious Holy Mountain”: in Discourses and Letters (Washington, D.C., 1802; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1668). TJ paid Austin $1 for the two copies presented to him (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1064).

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