Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel H. Smith, 30 January 1815

To Samuel H. Smith

Monticello Jan. 30. 15.

Dear Sir

Presuming that my Catalogue has by this time answered all the purposes of information as to the contents of my library, and needing it almost daily myself, I will ask the favor of it’s return; but only in the case of it’s being no longer useful to the Committee. I propose, on recieving it, to commence the task of reducing the whole mass exactly to the arrangement of the Catalogue, some volumes and parts of which have become misplaced1 by removals & by neglect. this is necessary even for my own use of it.

Not having heard from you since yours of Oct. 21. I should be gratified to learn in what position the business now stands; and the rather as the time is near at hand when Congress will not be able to give their attention to any but matters of the most indispensable pressure. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Saml H. Smith esq.”; endorsed by TJ. RC (DLC: J. Henley Smith Papers); address cover only; addressed: “Samuel H. Smith esquire Washington Col.”; franked; endorsed by Smith, in part, as “respg Library.”

The committee was the congressional Joint Library Committee. TJ worried that Congress would only have time for matters of the most indispensable pressure as its session drew to a close.

1Manuscript: “miplaced.”

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  • 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
  • Smith, Samuel Harrison; and sale of TJ’s library to Congress search
  • Smith, Samuel Harrison; letters to search