Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 12–22 August 1817]

From David Bailie Warden

Rue Pot de Fer, 12— Paris, 6 June, [ca. 12–22 Aug.] 1817.

Dear Sir,

a few days since I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 6th of June last, by duplicate, I am glad to know that you are pleased with the Books and the manner in which the De Bures’ have executed the commission: they expect to forward those, which you lately ordered, in the course of a week. It appears that the trunk of Books and pamphlets left at ghent nearly two years ago, has been lately forwarded to philadelphia. I hope that you have received the volumes and brochures which it contained, addressed to you by the late mr. Rochon and myself. I send this by mrs. Patterson, who from motives of prudence refuses to take charge of any letter of a political nature. This prevents me from giving you some account of passing events. I have informed Baron Humboldt, and the Count De Tracy of your intention of writing to them soon. The latter though nearly deprived of sight, is still fond of literary pursuits; and I having informed him of the English Translation of one of his productions being advertised at georgetown, he expressed a great desire to have a copy—mr. Ticknor, with whom I am much pleased, has set out to visit Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. I beg leave to inclose a copy of the prospectus of my intended publication; and am, with great respect

your very obliged Servt

D. B. Warden

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 210:37457); misdated, with conjectural date of composition based on Warden’s endorsement of TJ’s letter of 6 June 1817; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 6 June 1817 received 29 Oct. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. FC (MdHi: Warden Letterbook); in Warden’s hand; undated; followed in Lb by a letter dated 22 Aug.

mrs. patterson: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. Joseph Milligan, of Georgetown, had advertised his translated edition of Destutt de Tracy, Treatise on Political Economy description begins Destutt de Tracy, A Treatise on Political Economy; to which is prefixed a supplement to a preceding work on the understanding, or Elements of Ideology, Georgetown, 1817 [1818]; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 11 (no. 700) description ends , using TJ’s Title and Prospectus for the work, printed above at [ca. 6 Apr. 1816] (Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 7 Feb. 1817). The enclosed prospectus may have been a version of Warden, Prospectus of a Statistical and Historical Account of the United States of America, from the Period of the First Establishments to the Present Day; on a new plan, proposing an edition in four octavo volumes, with a new map of the United States, to be priced at $9; advertising Warden’s unique qualifications to write the book; and outlining in detail its intended subjects (undated pamphlet in PPAmP).

Index Entries

  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Bonaparte, Elizabeth Patterson; conveys letter search
  • books; sent by D. B. Warden search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; health of search
  • Humboldt, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander, Baron von; mentioned search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; purchases from de Bure Frères (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Title and Prospectus for Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • political economy; TJ’s title and prospectus for Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • Prospectus of a Statistical and Historical Account of the United States of America (D. B. Warden) search
  • Rochon, Alexis Marie; sends books and pamphlets to TJ search
  • Ticknor, George; travels of search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and books for TJ search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; Prospectus of a Statistical and Historical Account of the United States of America search