From John Stout
Buck Island Octo 1st 1809
I have1 for several Days thought of returning2 your Book but not having the Opportunity for some time to Bring being afraid to intrust it to the Care of any other Person I delayd Sending it untill Mr Rieves wrote to me for the use of by your approbation I return you my gratefull Thanks with the Book also knowing that you delight in instructing youth I am Persuaded that you’l do me the favour of Lending me another Book the work of Defoes entitled an Essay on Projects Mr Rieves will be kind Enough to Bring it to Milton & Sir you may depend upon it you shall not be kept out of it longer than I can read it through
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr T. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Oct. 1809 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.
John Stout may have been related to Isaiah Stout, from whom TJ purchased a horse, oats, and fodder between 1806 and 1822 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends ).
1. Manuscript: “I have I have.”
2. Manuscript: “returning returning.”