Thomas Jefferson Papers

John M. Carter to Thomas Jefferson, 25 July 1815

From John M. Carter

Georgetown, (D.C.) July 25th 1815.

Respected Sir,

The favor with which you honored me, in acknowledging the receipt of a copy of Col Taylor’s Arator, which I had forwarded by Mail, to you, came duly to hand, and I am grateful for your attention to the liberty I took, inasmuch as I am so far afforded an opportunity to offer you my services as a Printer, if I can be useful to you in the line of my profession.—A report has reached me, that the Hon. Thos M. Randolph is preparing for publication some answer or criticism to Arator, he having taken some personal exceptions at some passages of it.—As I have not the honor of being personally known to this gentleman, may I ask it as a particular favor of you, Sir, (from your convenience to him) to represent me and my profession to him, with a view to serve him in his publication if he should desire it? I feel myself equal or better qualified to this end, than any other person of my profession, that I know of, if I may suppose that Mr R. should be desirous for his publication to take the same range or distribution that Arator has done, with a view to an equal hearing;—as a knowledge of which rests alone with me,—and I would use every means in my power to publish and circulate the work in question, with the utmost facility.

I would avail this opportunity also, Sir, barely to acquaint you with an intimation I have had, concerning a Correspondence in which you are engaged with the Hon. John Adams of Massachusetts, which, when concluded, may be designed for publication—in which event, I should consider myself highly favored with the execution of it.

I beg you, Sir, to accept my best respects, And am your very obt Servt

Jno. M. Carter.

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Hon. Thos. Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Aug. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John; and offer to publish correspondence with TJ search
  • Arator; being a series of Agricultural Essays, Practical & Political (J. Taylor) search
  • Carter, John M.; letters from search
  • Carter, John M.; offers to publish T. M. Randolph’s work search
  • Carter, John M.; offers to publish TJ’s correspondence with J. Adams search
  • Carter, John M.; publishes Arator (J. Taylor) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; offer to publish correspondence with J. Adams search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); offer to publish writings of search
  • Taylor, John (of Caroline); Arator: being a series of Agricultural Essays, Practical & Political search