Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Fitzwhylsonn & Potter, 12 October 1816

To Fitzwhylsonn & Potter

Monticello Oct. 12. 16.

Messrs Fitzwhylson and Potter

During the life of the late mr Pleasants of Richmond I usually applied to him for such books as I had occasion to call for from that place. as these calls still occur at times I will take the liberty, with your approbation, to address them to yourselves. Mr Gibson, of the firm of Gibson & Jefferson, will pay your bills at such epochs as you shall chuse to present them, as I trust has been done for the Edinburgh Reviews which have come to me I believe through your channel. I am in possession of the 14.1 republished volumes of that work, bringing it down to No 28. I am in want of No 29. to 43. inclusive, and of Nos 47. & 49. and I send you by the stage Nos 43. 44. 45. 46. 48. 50 which with the Nos wanting as above, I will pray you to have half bound and returned to me. I have No 51. but do not send it because it will make part of a vol. with No 52. not yet recieved.

I will pray you also to send me the 2d vol. of Pleasant’s Collection of the Acts of Assembly (I have the 1st vol.) and as compleat a collection as can be made of the Sessions acts from the end of Pleasant’s collection down to the present day, except of the last session of 1815.16. which I have. these to be half bound in vols of convenient size, lettered & dated on the back. if you can have this commission executed for me by the last of November it will be in time, as I shall leave home on the 19th to be absent until then. when ready, they are to be forwarded by the stage to Milton. but it will be necessary to see them put into the stage, for if2 put into their office only they may lie there for months. a bill of costs sent to me at the same time, I will send you a special order on mr Gibson with a general one as to future supplies. I salute you with respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Graham to TJ, 1 Aug. 1816; mutilated at seal, with missing text rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ.

The Edinburgh Review was republished in New York City by Ezra Sargeant until his death in 1812 and thereafter by Eastburn, Kirk & Company (note to TJ to Sargeant, 3 Feb. 1812; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 4733).

1Number interlined in place of “12,” which TJ left uncanceled.

2Manuscript: “it.”

Index Entries

  • A Collection of all such Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia, of a public and permanent nature, as are now in force (S. Pleasants) search
  • books; binding of for TJ search
  • carriages; stagecoaches search
  • Eastburn, Kirk & Company (New York firm); andEdinburgh Review search
  • Edinburgh Review; E. Sargeant republishes search
  • Edinburgh Review; Eastburn, Kirk & Company republishes search
  • Edinburgh Review; Fitzwhylsonn & Potter as agent for search
  • Edinburgh Review; TJ subscribes to search
  • Fitzwhylsonn & Potter (Richmond firm); and books for TJ search
  • Fitzwhylsonn & Potter (Richmond firm); andEdinburgh Review search
  • Fitzwhylsonn & Potter (Richmond firm); binds publications for TJ search
  • Fitzwhylsonn & Potter (Richmond firm); letters to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • law; books on search
  • Milton, Va.; stagecoach to, from Richmond search
  • Pleasants, Samuel; A Collection of all such Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia, of a public and permanent nature, as are now in force search
  • Pleasants, Samuel; and books for TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Richmond, Va.; stagecoach from search
  • Sargeant, Ezra; andEdinburgh Review search
  • Virginia; laws of search