Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Delaplaine to Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 24 April 1812]

From Joseph Delaplaine

[ca. 24 Apr. 1812]


I will take it as a particular favour if you will give me your name to the Emporium of Arts & Sciences. The value of the subscription is nothing, it is the honor of having your name I am anxious for.

With much respect your obed. servt

Joseph Delaplaine

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 191:33940); undated; subjoined to enclosure; addressed: “Honorable Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; postmarked Philadelphia, 24 Apr.; endorsed by TJ as received from Philadelphia on 29 Apr. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Delaplaine’s call for subscriptions as publisher of the Emporium of Arts & Sciences, Philadelphia, undated, indicating that, while this will be the only such work in this country, similar magazines are numerous in Europe and “prove to the artist, manufacturer, and philosopher a constant source of advantage”; pledging that its “elegance of printing, engraving, and paper” will merit American patronage; setting the cost at $7 a year payable semiannually; and announcing that subscriptions are being taken by him and by Edward Parker at 178 Market Street (broadside in DLC; with covering letter subjoined).

The Emporium of Arts & Sciences (Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library [1829] description ends , 14 [no. 920]) was published in Philadelphia from May 1812 until October 1814 and edited first by John Redman Coxe and then by Thomas Cooper. With this letter Delaplaine also enclosed a subscription list, not found, that was probably headed by Coxe’s publication prospectus for the Emporium, Philadelphia, 1 Apr. 1812. The prospectus, which also appeared in the Philadelphia Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser, 20 Apr. 1812, stated that the Emporium would print practical scientific essays from European authors and American essays “of real merit”; promised to publish on topics ranging from chemistry, mineralogy, and natural philosophy to the arts and agriculture; contended that knowledge amassed by “our transatlantic rivals” could help Americans alter their country’s destiny; and explained that the publication would contain eighty pages per issue, with the first number to appear in May 1812. TJ signed the subscription list and returned it to Delaplaine on 30 Apr., and on 15 May 1812 the publisher sent it to President James Madison, who paid for a year’s subscription but declined to add his name to the list (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 4:385).

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  • Coxe, John Redman; and Emporium of Arts & Sciences search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; and Emporium of Arts & Sciences search
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  • Emporium of Arts & Sciences; TJ subscribes to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Madison, James; and subscriptions search
  • Parker, Edward; and Emporium of Arts & Sciences search
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