Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Milligan to Thomas Jefferson, 16 November 1814

From Joseph Milligan

Georgetown November 16th 1814

Dear Sir

I have run through the Catalogue & find that the amount of Volumes if we include1 the Edinburg review will amount2 to Say 6500 which agreeable to the Rule which I have laid down Viz

for a folio ten dollars

for a Quarto Six Dollars

for an Octavo Three Dollars

for3 a Duodecimo one Dollar.

will Amount to a trifle over $24000

I have not Counted the Edinburg Review in the Number as the Number of Volumes were blank there are a few other lines that I could not make out Most of them I marked * except a few that were [thus] Supposed them to be included in other works

I will undertake to print the Manuscript by Tracy and If I can dispose of 500 Copies I will allow 50 Copies in boards for the Translation and If I can dispose of 1000 Copies4 I will allow 1005 Copies for Translation but Suppose it may Sell 750 in that Case 75 copies6 for the Translation

With Great Respct yours

Joseph Milligan

P.S. I will call on Mr Smith this day with the result of my Counting I will furnish him with a Copy of Enclosed Statement of the Number of Books with the Calculations of Value on a separate paper

RC (DLC); brackets in original; with postscript written perpendicularly along the left margin; at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Nov. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

1Thus in manuscript, but given what follows Milligan presumably meant “exclude.”

2Manuscript: “amont.”

3Manuscript: “fo.”

4Manuscript: “Copes.”

5Reworked from “1000.”

6Manuscript: “copes.”

Index Entries

  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Edinburgh Review search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogue of search
  • Library of Congress; TJ sells personal library to search
  • Library of Congress; TJ’s catalogue of books sold to search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and catalogue of TJ’s books search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and sale of TJ’s library to Congress search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters from search
  • political economy; works on search
  • Smith, Samuel Harrison; and sale of TJ’s library to Congress search