Thomas Jefferson Papers

John F. Watson to Thomas Jefferson, 2 June 1814

From John F. Watson

Philada 2nd June 1814.

Sir,

I acknowledge myself much obliged by your polite attention to the letter, I had the honour to send you respectg the Edinburgh & Quarterly Revws. The Edinburgh, has indeed a decided preference, even among those who are its political opponents. This is sufficiently manifested, by my Subon List. Lawyers & Federalists are the principal Subers. As a profound mataphisical work it is certainly unequalled. I could however, point to several very able articles in the Quarterly Reviews.

In consequence of your letter I have sent on to N York & have now recd for you the 29, 31 & 37th1 Nos which you needed to complete your sets. These, with the early Vols (to wit: the 1, 2 & 3d) you may expect to be delivered in packages to your address, to your Agents Mesrs Fitzwhylson & Potter at Richmondx—The subsequent Vols to 143 inclusive will be sent on to you in intervals of 2 Mos until the whole is completed. It occurs to me however to suggest, whether it might not be more acceptable to you to receive the future Vols by mail? It would much facilitate their receipt with you. I perceive for instance, that you have not yet recd the 43d No altho’ the 44th is now in press & will be out in 8 or 10 days—I speak however exclusively in relation to the early Vols as I should not wish to supply future Nos, for this would be an interference with Mesrs Fitzwhylson & P— You could however (I should suppose) receive them from N York by having them charged there to their Account—

As respects the early Vols & deficient Nos which you request of me, a remittance per mail once in a year will be satisfactory to me. Any fraction of a dollar which may occur, will be freely given in, by me—for instance: 11Dr only is enough for the present bill.

I make free to annex the titles of a few books, which are scarce & which might possibly interest you—

I am Sir most respectfully Yrs

John F Watson

List of Books for Sale by J F Watson Philada
2nd Voyage dans l’interieur de l’Afrique, par le cap de Bonne Espérance dans les années 83, 84 et 85 par F La Vaillant Paris Edn 3 Vols with many plates—sheep gilt. 8. 00
Lettres d’un voyageur Anglois—sur la France, la suisee et l’allemagne—traduit de l’anglois de M Moore—3 Vols 8. 00
C.S. Sonninis travels in upper & lower Egypt, with many plates—Londn 4to calf gilt 12 
Boothroyds history of the Ancient borough & renowned sieges of the ancient Castle of Pontefract with much curious biography of Contemporaries—calf gilt with plates 6. 00
Secret history of the Court & reign of Charles II by a member of his Privy Council—2 Vols calf gilt 8vo 5  25
Nobles memoirs of the House of Cromwell & family history with much collateral matter—in 2 Vols & many plates sheep gilt 8vo 5. 00
Rouseau’s original correspondence with Latour & Du Peyrou in 2 Vol 8vo 4. 00
Gesners Works—Londn in 3 Vols many elegant plates 7. 50
D’Israeli’s Literary miscellanies & dissertation on anecdotes 2. 25
Remarks on Selkirks highlands of Scotland and a view of the causes & consequences of Emigration clf glt 2. 50
Beaumonts travels through the Lepontine Alps from Lyons to Turin with 27 superb Views—hot prest Folio calf gilt folio size 22

RC (DLC); with verso of address cover containing postscript and a brief account consisting of two entries for purchases by TJ, one for $7.50 dated 23 May 1814: “the 1, 2 & 3d Vols of the Edinbg Reviews on subon continuation, sent forward this day in a package to his address, to care of mesrs Fitzwhylson & P.—sent via Saml Pleasants”; and another for $3.75 dated 2 June 1814: “for the 29, 31 & 37 Nos of the Edinburgh Reviews, sent this day in the above manner”; and giving an overall total of $11.25; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre Monticello Virga”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 2 June; endorsed by TJ as received 26 June 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

1Check marks, most likely by TJ, are placed above this and the preceding two numbers.

2Note written perpendicularly in margin of first page.

3Reworked from “15.”

Authorial notes

[The following note(s) appeared in the margins or otherwise outside the text flow in the original source, and have been moved here for purposes of the digital edition.]

x x in 2 weeks hence2

Index Entries

  • Beaumont, Albanis; Travels from France To Italy, through The Lepontine Alps search
  • books; on geography search
  • books; on history search
  • books; on natural history search
  • Boothroyd, Benjamin; The History of the Ancient Borough of Pontefract search
  • D’Israeli, Isaac; Literary miscellanies; including a dissertation on anecdotes search
  • Edinburgh Review search
  • Fitzwhylsonn & Potter (Richmond firm); and Edinburgh Review search
  • geography; books on search
  • Gessner, Conrad; works of search
  • history; books on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Lettres D’Un Voyageur Anglois Sur La France, La Suisse Et L’Allemagne (trans. J. Moore) search
  • Le Vaillant, François; Second Voyage Dans L’Intérieur De L’Afrique, Par Le Cap De Bonne-Espérance, Dans Les Années 1783, 84 et 85 search
  • Literary miscellanies; including a dissertation on anecdotes (I. D’Israeli) search
  • Memoirs of several Persons and Families, who, by females are allied to, or descended from, the Protectorate-House of Cromwell (M. Noble) search
  • Moore, John, trans.; Lettres D’Un Voyageur Anglois Sur La France, La Suisse Et L’Allemagne search
  • natural history; books on search
  • Noble, Mark; Memoirs of several Persons and Families, who, by females are allied to, or descended from, the Protectorate-House of Cromwell search
  • Original correspondence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau with Mad. La Tour de Franqueville and M. Du Peyrou (J. J. Rousseau) search
  • Pleasants, Samuel; and books for TJ search
  • Quarterly Review search
  • Remarks on the Earl of Selkirk’s Observations on the Present State of the Highlands Of Scotland, with a view of the Causes And Probable Consequences of Emigration search
  • Rousseau, Jean Jacques; Original correspondence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau with Mad. La Tour de Franqueville and M. Du Peyrou search
  • Second Voyage Dans L’Intérieur De L’Afrique, Par Le Cap De Bonne-Espérance, Dans Les Années 1783, 84 et 85 (F. Le Vaillant) search
  • Sonnini de Manoncourt, Charles Nicolas Sigisbert; Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt search
  • subscriptions, for publications; journals search
  • The History of the Ancient Borough of Pontefract (B. Boothroyd) search
  • The Secret History of the Court And Reign of Charles The Second. By A Member Of His Privy Council search
  • Travels from France to Italy, through the Lepontine Alps (A. Beaumont) search
  • Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt (C. N. Sonnini de Manoncourt) search
  • Watson, John Fanning; bookseller search
  • Watson, John Fanning; letters from search