Thomas Jefferson Papers

Statement of Account with Rapine, Conrad & Co., 2 March 1803

Statement of Account with Rapine, Conrad & Co.

The President of the United States—} To Rapine, Conrad & Co.

1802
May 4 To 1 Aitkin’s Letters $ 1 .
Franklin’s works 1 .
Volney’s Lectures .75
Adams’ Anacdotes .87½
 Flowers of modern history 2 Vols 2 .
Burton’s Lectures .75
Columbian Orator .75
Lyttleton’s Dialogues .87½
Looking Glass for the mind .75
Moral Library .75
La Perous’ Voyage 1 .
American Preceptor .50
Life of French .25
5 Foy books .21
An Almanac from Balto. .10
Augt. 7 Willes’ Reports, as per Subscription 4 .50
Decr. 16 2 Almanacs from Baltimore    10 .20
1803
Jany. 1 1 Map of Maryland 5 .
Pike’s Arithmetic  2 .25
$ 23 .51

If it is convenient for the President to discharge the above bill he will much oblige his

Mo. Obt. Servts.

Rapine, Conrad & Co.

MS (MHi); in Daniel Rapine’s hand and signed by him; endorsed by TJ: “Acct 23.51. D pd. by ord. on J. Barnes Mar. 5. 1803.”

aitkin’s letters: John Aikin’s Letters from a Father to His Son, on Various Topics, Relative to Literature and the Conduct of Life. Written in the Years 1792 and 1793, was published in London in 1793 and in Philadelphia the following year (Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from…1639…to…1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903-59, 14 vols. description ends No. 26541).

TJ owned a copy of franklin’s works published in London in 1779 as Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces. This was the only edition of Franklin’s writings, besides his scientific works, published with his consent during his lifetime (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952-59, 5 vols. description ends No. 3053). Several editions of his works were published posthumously, including The Works of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin; Consisting of His Life, Written by Himself. Together with Essays, Humorous, Moral and Literary, Chiefly in the Manner of the Spectator. To which is added, not in any other Edition, An Examination, before the British House of Lords, respecting the Stamp-Act, 2 vols. in 1, printed and published in Philadelphia in 1801 (Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819, New York, 1958-63, 22 vols. description ends , No. 515).

volney’s lectures: Constantin François Chasseboeuf Volney, Lectures on History, was an English translation of Leçons d’Histoire, prononcées a l’École Normale, which first appeared in Paris in 1799 (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952-59, 5 vols. description ends No. 133).

adams’ anacdotes: Reverend John Adams, Anecdotes, Bon-Mots, and Characteristic Traits of the Greatest Princes, Politicians, Philosophers, Orators, and Wits of Modern Times, was printed in London in 1789. TJ also purchased Adams’s The Flowers of Modern History; Comprehending on a New Plan, The Most Remarkable Revolutions and Events, As Well as the Most Eminent and Illustrious Characters, of Modern Times, which was published in London in 1788 and in Philadelphia in 1796, and was “designed for the improvement and entertainment of youth” (Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from…1639…to…1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903-59, 14 vols. description ends No. 29950).

burton’s lectures: J. Burton’s Lectures on Female Education and Manners was published in London in 1793 and reprinted in New York in 1794 (Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from…1639…to…1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903-59, 14 vols. description ends No. 26723).

columbian orator: Caleb Bingham, The Columbian Orator: Containing a Variety of Original and Selected Pieces; Together with Rules Calculated to Improve Youth and Others in the Ornamental and Useful Art of Eloquence, was published in Boston in 1797 and designed as a second part to the American Preceptor (Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from…1639…to…1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903-59, 14 vols. description ends No. 31827).

lyttleton’s dialogues: George Lyttelton, Dialogues of the Dead, was published in London in 1760 with the first American edition printed in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1797 (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952-59, 5 vols. description ends No. 4621).

looking glass for the mind: Arnaud Berquin, The Looking-Glass for the Mind; or, Intellectual Mirror. Being an Elegant Collection of the Most Delightful Little Stories and Interesting Tales: Chiefly Translated from That Much Admired Work L’Ami des Enfans, published in Yorkshire, England, in 1794.

The moral library, published in Boston in 1796, consisted of three separate titles: Principles of Virtue and Morality; or Essays and Meditations on Various Subjects by David Macbride; Essay on the Happiness of the Life to Come by Charles-Michel Villette; and On the Immortality of the Soul translated by Soame Jenyns (Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from…1639…to…1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903-59, 14 vols. description ends No. 30813).

la perous’ voyage: Jean André Perreau, Le Roi voyageur ou examen des abus de l’administration de la Lydie, printed in London in 1784 (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952-59, 5 vols. description ends No. 2342).

american preceptor: Caleb Bingham, American Preceptor; Being a New Selection of Lessons for Reading and Speaking. Designed for the Use of Schools, appeared in a second edition from Boston in 1794 and 1795.

Several almanacs from baltimore were printed and sold for the year 1803 including the Town and Country Almanac and the Citizen and Farmer’s Almanac by Bonsal and Niles, and the Town and Country Almanac and The Annual Visitor; or, Almanac, produced by Thomas, Andrews & Butler (Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819, New York, 1958-63, 22 vols. description ends , Nos. 1765, 1922, 3173, 50278; Vol. 38:498).

map of maryland: not identified, but William Duane, writing from Washington in 1802, previously told TJ that “no map of Maryland is to be had here” (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952-59, 5 vols. description ends No. 3848; Vol. 37:311).

discharge the above bill: on 5 Mch., TJ gave an order on John Barnes to pay Rapine, Conrad & Co. $23.51 for books (MS in MHi, in TJ’s hand and signed by him, signed by Rapine, Conrad & Co. acknowledging payment, endorsed by Barnes as paid on 26 Mch.; 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 , 2:1093).

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