Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Delaplaine to Thomas Jefferson, 20 December 1815

From Joseph Delaplaine

Philadelphia December 20h 1815

Dear sir,

I have taken the liberty of enclosing the last edition of the prospectus of my work. By it you will perceive that the Repository will be soon published. The Biography of each character is preparing. My principal object in writing now, is to request your opinion respecting the extent of the biography. Should a Biography be a concise statement of facts and nothing more, or should it be embellished?—

One other thing. Is it your opinion that living characters (particularly selected) may be given?—

Ve[spu]cius from the engraving you did me the ho[nor to] send to me, is nearly finished, & will be exquisitely executed.—

Hoping to be favoured with a letter soon, I remain

Dr sir, with perfect respect & esteem your obedt st

Joseph Delaplaine

RC (DLC); mutilated at seal; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 21 Dec.; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL as received 2 Jan. 1816.

The enclosed prospectus for Delaplaine’s Repository description begins Joseph Delaplaine, Delaplaine’s Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans, Philadelphia, 1816–18, 2 vols.; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 4 (no. 139) description ends may have been identical to that enclosed in Delaplaine’s letters to TJ of 14 and 27 Jan. 1816.

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  • Delaplaine, Joseph; Delaplaine’s Repository search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; letters from search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; proposal for printingDelaplaine’s Repository search
  • Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans (J. Delaplaine) search
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