Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bradford & Inskeep to Thomas Jefferson, 12 April 1814

From Bradford & Inskeep

Philaa April 12th 1814


At the request of Mr Paul Allen we have packed & sent to the care of Gibson & Jefferson as directed thirteen copies, one of which we beg you will accept, they were forwarded by mail Stage & we think will go safe—

We are your Obt Serts

Bradford & Inskeep

RC (MHi); in an unidentified hand; subjoined to MS of enclosure; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 7 Apr. 1814 (the date of the enclosed account) received 22 Apr. and so recorded in SJL.

Bradford & Inskeep was a publishing partnership established by 1808 in Philadelphia by Samuel Fisher Bradford (1776–1837) and John Inskeep (1786–1820). Before it failed in 1815, the firm published a variety of works, including the Port Folio, a literary magazine; Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of the Birds of the United States, 9 vols. (Philadelphia, 1808–14; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1022); and Biddle, Lewis and Clark Expedition. Bradford belonged to a prominent Philadelphia family of printers. He was in business in 1798–99 with his father, Thomas Bradford, before establishing his own firm. After his partnership with Inskeep ended, Bradford continued printing until at least 1833. Inskeep, Bradford’s brother-in-law and the namesake son of a two-time mayor of Philadelphia, later entered the ministry and died in New Orleans (Henry Darrach, Bradford Family 1660–1906 [1906], 2, 7, 12; Henry Edward Wallace Jr., “Sketch of John Inskeep, Mayor, and President of the Insurance Company of North America, Philadelphia,” PMHB description begins Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1877–  description ends 28 [1904]: 131, 133, 135; baptismal record of Inskeep at Christ Church, Philadelphia, 21 Sept. 1792; Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 2:924, 955–6; H. Glenn Brown and Maude O. Brown, A Directory of the Book-Arts and Book Trade in Philadelphia to 1820, Including Painters and Engravers [1950], 23, 65; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1218, 1302; TJ to Samuel F. Bradford, 13 Dec. 1807, and Bradford to TJ, 18 Dec. 1807 [MHi]; Philadelphia Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser, 2 Feb. 1808, 6, 9 Feb. 1815, 27 Sept. 1820; Desilver’s Philadelphia Directory and Stranger’s Guide, for 1833 [Philadelphia, 1833], 21; Philadelphia United States Gazette, 19 Apr. 1837).

Index Entries

  • Allen, Paul; and N. Biddle’s history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • Biddle, Nicholas; History of the Expedition under the command of Captains Lewis and Clark search
  • books; sent by Bradford & Inskeep search
  • Bradford, Samuel Fisher; and Bradford & Inskeep search
  • Bradford, Samuel Fisher; identified search
  • Bradford & Inskeep (Philadelphia firm); and history of Lewis and Clark Expedition search
  • Bradford & Inskeep (Philadelphia firm); identified search
  • Bradford & Inskeep (Philadelphia firm); letters from search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and books acquired by TJ search
  • History of the Expedition under the command of Captains Lewis and Clark (N. Biddle) search
  • Inskeep, John; and Bradford & Inskeep search
  • Inskeep, John; identified search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition; publication of journals search