Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Low to Thomas Jefferson, 9 January 1812

From John Low

New york, Jany 9th 1812.

Dear Sir

Your favour of the 27th Decr has this day come to hand, acknowledging the receipt of my two former letters from Washington.—I can assure you that you have certainly Subscribed for a Set of the Encyclopædia, and in your own hand writing.— In order to convince of the fact I shall take the liberty of calling upon Mr Remsen, and Mr Gelston, for the purpose of shewing them the Signature, and request of them to mention, in writing, whether, in their opinion, the writing is genuine.—Mr Madison did not recollect his Subscription until I presented his signature, and he no doubt also Saw your Signature, they being near each other.— I am extremely sorry I committed a mistake, by Sending them by mail, but knew of no other way, and was informed by Dr Mitchell and the Post Master at Washington, that they could be sent on that way according to privilige—I also understand by your letter, that you have only received 3 Vols—the whole set consists of 7 Vols which I made up in two parcels, one of which must be at the post office next your place, I suppose at Milton—The comparison between the Signature on the Subscription and your letter, is a perfect one—The Subscription was obtained by my father, who is since dead, otherwise some circumstances, perhaps, at the time, might be mentioned, which would refresh your memory concerning it.—

I remain yours


Jno Low.

RC (DLC); addressed: “Honble Thos Jefferson, Montacillo Vira via Milton Va”; franked; postmarked New York, 13 Jan.; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Jan. 1812 and so recorded in SJL; with enclosure on verso of address leaf.

Index Entries

  • franking privilege; of TJ search
  • Gelston, David; verifies TJ’s subscription to work search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; franking privilege search
  • Low, John (ca.1790–1829); letters from search
  • Low, John (ca.1790–1829); TJ subscribes to The New and Complete American Encyclopædia search
  • Madison, James; and subscriptions search
  • Mitchill, Samuel Latham; and franking privilege search
  • Munroe (Monroe), Thomas; Washington postmaster search
  • Remsen, Henry; verifies TJ’s subscription to work search
  • subscriptions, for publications; encyclopedias search
  • The New and Complete American Encyclopædia: or, Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences search