Thomas Jefferson Papers

George Ticknor to Thomas Jefferson, 22 December 1816

From George Ticknor

Göttingen Dec. 22. 1816.

Dear Sir,

Since I had the pleasure of writing you in April and July, I have not heard from you.—By a letter from Mr. Warden, however, I am extremely glad to hear he was able to purchase your Books in Paris for about the amount of your bill—and by a letter yesterday from Hamburg, that the vessel in which I forwarded you a few last August has safely arrived in Boston. I now write to you, to say definitively & certainly, that unless my health should prevent, I shall be in Paris in the first days of next May—& shall pass the summer there and the winter in Italy—and that if you or Colo. Randolph should have any commissions to execute, I can do them with great ease & will do them with great pleasure, as I shall send both from Italy & France many books home for myself.—In Geneva I shall not fail to inquire for Mr. Terril and will, if it should be in my power, return him some of the kindness you have extended to me—and there and everywhere else on my journey, I pray you to dispose of me without reserve.

I hope, at least, I may have the pleasure of hearing from you occasionally either on business or in continuation of your former kindness and any letters you may inclose to my father will come safely as I have already heard, during my absence, above forty times from him without a single miscarriage.

I pray you to present me respectfully to Colo. Randolph, Mrs. Randolph & their family—& to believe me

Your obliged & obedient Sert.

Geo: Ticknor.

RC (MHi); at head of text: “No. VIII.”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 22 Dec. 1817 received 30 Apr. 1817 and so recorded (without year of composition) in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to William Lee, 7 Aug. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thos. Jefferson Esq—Monticello—Virginia—United States”; stamped “SHIP”; franked; postmarked New York, 23 Apr.

Ticknor had forwarded some books to TJ from Hamburg the previous August in the vessel Cordelia.

Index Entries

  • Cordelia (ship) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); mentioned search
  • Terrell, Dabney Carr (TJ’s sister Martha Jefferson Carr’s grandson); and G. Ticknor search
  • Ticknor, Elisha; forwards letters to and from TJ search
  • Ticknor, George; and books for TJ search
  • Ticknor, George; and D. C. Terrell search
  • Ticknor, George; letters from search
  • Ticknor, George; sends greetings to Randolphs search
  • Ticknor, George; travels of search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and books for TJ search