Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Louis H. Girardin, 17 June 1817

To Louis H. Girardin

Monticello June 17. 17.

Dear Sir

Your favors of May 30. and June 5. are recieved with the article respecting J. Q. Adams which I am glad to possess. of the works you think of translating, Botta would sell best; next to this Dumeril. Bezout altho of very high value would probably find purchasers only in the higher schools, and would be slow in extending even to them. but it is very desirable it should be introduced there. when there shall be a Secretary at war appointed, if I am so far acquainted with him as to have a right to take the liberty, I will certainly propose it to him. but I take for granted he will expect the proposition as to price to come from you

I will ask the favor of you to send me the following books

Erasmus. Elzevir. 1. 50
Historiae Byzantinae scriptores.  3. 75.
Heliodorus. 3.
Theodoretus 2.
Conciones et Orationes 1.
Lipsius . 50
to which adding for the Bible 2. 25
the amount will be 14. D. which I now inclose you.

the books may either come by the stage to mr Wells who will do me the favor to pay the portage, or by a safe waggoner addressed to the care of mr James1 Leitch who will do the same. I expect within a week to set out for Bedford, and to be absent three weeks. I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); addressed: “Mr L. H. Girardin at the Hermitage near Staunton”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 19 June.

Girardin’s favors of 30 May and 5 June and an additional letter from him of 22 June, none of which have been found, are recorded in SJL as received from the Hermitage on 5, 6, and 27 June 1817, respectively. For the appointment late this year of John C. Calhoun as secretary at war, see note to James Monroe to TJ, 23 Feb. 1817. lipsius: Joest Lips.

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John Quincy; mentioned search
  • Akropolites, Georgios search
  • Bézout, Étienne; Cours De Mathématiques search
  • Bible; TJ acquires copies of search
  • Botta, Carlo Giuseppe Guglielmo; Storia della Guerra dell’ Independenza degli Stati Uniti d’America search
  • Calhoun, John Caldwell; as secretary of war search
  • Chalcocondylas, Laonicus search
  • Colloquia, nunc emendatiora (D. Erasmus) search
  • Conciones et Orationes Ex Historicis Latinis excerptæ search
  • Cours De Mathématiques (É. Bézout) search
  • Duméril, André Marie Constant; works of search
  • Erasmus, Desiderius; Colloquia, nunc emendatiora search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters from accounted for search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters to search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; TJ purchases books from search
  • Heliodorus; Αἰθιοπικῶν βιβλία δέκα search
  • Historiæ Byzantinæ Scriptores Tres Graeco-Latini (G. Akropolites, L. Chalcocondylas, and N. Gregoras) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Leitch, James; agent for TJ search
  • Lips, Joest; works of search
  • Nicephorus, Gregoras search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Storia della Guerra dell’ Independenza degli Stati Uniti d’America (C. G. G. Botta) search
  • Theodoret; Ἑλληνικῶν παθημάτων θεραπευτική search
  • War Department, U.S.; books for search
  • Wells, Thomas; and goods for TJ search
  • Αἰθιοπικῶν βιβλία δέκα (Heliodorus) search
  • Ἑλληνικῶν παθημάτων θεραπευτική (Theodoret) search