Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Ritchie, 19 January 1810

To Thomas Ritchie

Monticello Jan. 19. 10.

Th: Jefferson returns mr Ritchie thanks for the copy of mr Wood’s New theory of the rotation of the earth which he has safely recieved. he thinks he was indebted to mr Ritchie some time ago for a copy of Peter Plimley’s letters also, and that he has failed to make his acknolegements for it. he begs him now to recieve them, and to assure him that he has rarely met with such a treat. he certainly never read a richer compound of logic & ridicule. he salutes mr Ritchie1 with friendship & respect.

PoC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.

plimley’s letters: “Peter Plymley” (Sydney Smith), Letters on The Subject of The Catholics, to My Brother Abraham, Who Lives In The Country (Richmond, 1809; printed by and sold at the offices of the Richmond Enquirer; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3385). This work favoring the extension of political rights to English Catholics was first published in 1807.

1Manuscript: “Richie.”

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  • A New Theory of the Diurnal Rotation of The Earth (Wood) search
  • books; given to TJ search
  • geophysics; J. Wood’s work on search
  • Letters on The Subject of The Catholics (Smith) search
  • Ritchie, Thomas; gives book to TJ search
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  • Smith, Sidney; Letters on The Subject of The Catholics search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); A New Theory of the Diurnal Rotation of the Earth search