Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Nicolas Gouin Dufief, 19 February 1802

To Nicolas Gouin Dufief

Washington Feb. 19. 1802.


On the reciept of the Parliamentary debates I had desired mr Barnes to remit you the price, and thought it done, till the reciept of your last letter. but my note to him had got misplaced, and escaped his memory. He now tells me he has ordered paiment.

I have an edition of Homer’s Iliad, Gr. & Lat. 12mo. printed by the Foulis in Glasgow, and should be very glad to get their corresponding edition of the Odyssey. if you have it, or can procure it in Philadelphia, I shall be obliged to you for it: as also for Chaptal’s chemistry in French. accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “M. Dufief”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Parliamentary debates: Dufief had shipped to TJ from Philadelphia in November the 24-volume second edition of the Parliamentary or Constitutional History of England from Benjamin Franklin’s library. The price of the set was $30 (Vol. 35:482–4, 542).

According to SJL, the last letter from Dufief was one of 13 Nov. received on the 16th of that month (see note to TJ to Dufief, 1 Nov.); the more recent communication from Dufief referred to in the letter above has not been found and was not recorded in SJL.

Ordered paiment: under 16 Feb. 1802 in a statement of account with TJ dated 3 Mch. 1802, John Barnes recorded the remittance of $30 to Dufief in Philadelphia (CSmH).

Index Entries