Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Law to Thomas Jefferson, 13 April [1811]

From Thomas Law

Philadelphia Mrs Lawsons 3rd St April 13th [1811]

Dear Sir—

Permit me to request your name as a Subscriber to a work which will be of essential service to which Mr Gallatin, Mr Paul Hamilton & others have subscribed & which Mr Gallatin has promised to aid by correcting the Statistical account—should you be dissatisfied I will take it—

The translator is a very worthy man, whom I esteem, & whom I assist as much as lays in my power for the rising generation will much benefit by it—

The beneficial pacific policy of the last ten Years will be illustrated by encrease of population & by manufactures amog to about 200 Millions of Dollars—in Pensylvania alone they amt to 44,200,740—Had war taken place the coasting trade would have been obstructed, commercial losses would have been doubled, 100 000 men would have been uselessly employed in armies & navies and in making ammunition tents &ca and evils might have ensued which we know not of—

With apologies for this liberty

I remain With much Esteem & respect Yr mt Obt St

Thos Law

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 193:34282); partially dated; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Apr. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Law most likely enclosed a circular, not found, asking that TJ become a subscriber to an English translation of Emmanuel Auguste Dieudonné Marin Joseph, Comte de Las Cases (writing as A. Le Sage), Atlas Historique, Généalogique, Chronologique et Géographique (Paris, 1809). No American edition resulted.

Index Entries

  • Atlas Historique, Généalogique, Chronologique et Géographique (Las Cases) search
  • Gallatin, Albert; and Las Cases’s work search
  • Hamilton, Paul (1762–1816); and Las Cases’s work search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Las Cases, Emmanuel Auguste Dieudonné Marin Joseph, comte de (A. Le Sage); Atlas Historique, Généalogique, Chronologique et Géographique search
  • Law, Thomas; letters from search
  • Law, Thomas; sends prospectus to TJ search
  • Lawson, Sarah; boardinghouse of search
  • subscriptions, for publications; atlases search