Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Duane to Thomas Jefferson, 9 January 1817

From William Duane

Phila 9th Jan. 1817

Respected Sir,

There is a small sum of 60$ money paid by me for the translating of the continuation of Tracy’s ideology; the pressure of the present times alone could induce me to trespass upon you, as the young man the Bookseller at George Town to Whom you proposed giving the work to be printed, intimated something like dissatisfaction or disapprobation on your part towards me. As I was wholly ignorant of any just reason, I forbore as I have been accustomed to do all my life, to offer no apologies for any unconscious offence; I could not with propriety to myself address you now without stating the reason why I had not as customary in former times written to you.   With unchangeable feelings of respect and affection, I am your friend & Sert

Wm Duane.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Jan. 1817 and so recorded in SJL; notation by TJ beneath endorsement:

acct signed John B. Smyth for Wm Duane
  60.D. transln
   5. paper to May 1st 16.

(the paper in question being the triweekly “country” edition of the Philadelphia Aurora).

The bookseller at george town was Joseph Milligan.

Index Entries

  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Aurora (Philadelphia newspaper); and W. Duane search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Duane, William; and Destutt de Tracy’s works search
  • Duane, William; letters from search
  • Duane, William; TJ’s account with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; and newspaper subscriptions search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with W. Duane search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • newspapers; PhiladelphiaAurora search
  • newspapers; subscriptions to, by TJ search
  • Philadelphia; Aurora search
  • political economy; works on search
  • Smyth, John B.; as clerk for W. Duane search
  • subscriptions, for publications; newspapers search