Thomas Jefferson Papers

Samuel H. Smith to Thomas Jefferson, 14 October 1814

From Samuel H. Smith

Washington Oct. 14. 1814

Dear Sir

I had this day the pleasure of receiving1 Your favor of the 11th Inst. with the Alphabetical Index of Authors Names &c.

As You will have seen by the Newspapers the Library Come of the Senate reported with great promptness a resolution to authorise them to contract for the library, and in terms worthy of the object, wch the Senate as promptly adopted.

A similar recommendation having subsequently gone to the House from their committee was discussed on Tuesday. I understand, from the indication of sentiment, furnished by this discission,2 as well as from conversation with a number of members, that a decided majority are in favor of the offer; the opposition made was from the federal side of the House, and was rather incidental than direct. I entertain scarcely a doubt of the eventual adoption of the resolution, and that, probably, within a few days. You are, however perfectly acquainted with the mode of transacting business in a large deliberate-body, and know how difficult it is to make any accurate calculation of the period within wch any pending measure will be drawn to a close. Should a determination take place I will not fail to advise You of it without delay, directing3 to Monticello, until otherwise desired.

Be pleased to give our best remembrances to Mr & Mrs Randolph with the other members of Your family, and [ac]cept my assurances of high and unequivocal respect & regard.

Sa H Smith

RC (DLC); torn at seal; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello Virga”; franked; postmarked Washington, 15 Oct.; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Oct. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

On Tuesday, 11 Oct. 1814, Jotham Post of the federal side of the United States House of Representatives unsuccessfully proposed that it “re-consider the vote giving leave to the committeee of the Whole House to sit again on the resolution aforesaid” (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States description ends , 9:472).

1Manuscript: “receivig.”

2Thus in manuscript, intending either “decision” or “discussion.”

3Manuscript: “directig.”

Index Entries

  • Federalist party; opposition to purchase of TJ’s library in search
  • House of Representatives, U.S.; and purchase of TJ’s library search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogue of search
  • Library of Congress; and library committees of Congress search
  • Library of Congress; TJ sells personal library to search
  • Library of Congress; TJ’s catalogue of books sold to search
  • Post, Jotham; opposes purchase of TJ’s library search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • Senate, U.S.; and purchase of TJ’s library search
  • Smith, Samuel Harrison; and sale of TJ’s library to Congress search
  • Smith, Samuel Harrison; letters from search