Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Milligan to Thomas Jefferson, 2 February 1812

From Joseph Milligan

Georgetown February 2nd 1812

Dear Sir

As you will See by the Enclosed proof of the first 12 pages of the Manual I have had it printed to meet your Idea as to Size and think that it is certainly a great1 improvement as it may be bound like the Volume of the British spy herwith sent So as to make an elegant pocket Volume I have not yet got the house of representatives to take a Vote on ordering a certain Number for the house but I hope to have it brought before them in a week—I went this day to get Mr Burwell to give me some instructions in what manner to bring it before the house but he had just Set out for Baltimore but I hope he will be back in a few days, I have just been with our mutual friend Mr John Barnes who is in good health and desires his respects with the best wishes for your health and happiness

I am with respect Your obedient Servant

Joseph Milligan

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Via”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Feb. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: proofs, not found, for pp. 1–12 of Milligan’s edition of TJ, A Manual of Parliamentary Practice: for the Use of the Senate of the United States (Georgetown, 1812).

Milligan enclosed a volume of The Letters of the British Spy, an anonymous work by William Wirt that looked at American society through the eyes of a fictional British visitor. Originally printed in the Richmond Virginia Argus, Aug.–Sept. 1803, it appeared in several editions beginning later that year.

1Manuscript: “grat.”

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  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); and J. Milligan search
  • Barnes, John; sends greetings to TJ search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; mentioned search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters from search
  • Milligan, Joseph; reprints TJ’s Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • newspapers; Richmond Virginia Argus search
  • The Letters of the British Spy (W. Wirt) search
  • Wirt, William; The Letters of the British Spy search