Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Wood to Thomas Jefferson, 2 October 1817

From John Wood

Richmond 2d October 1817

Dear Sir

Within these few days, I have had an opportunity of perusing a London catalogue of the year 1814. Although it does not contain the Greek Lexicon, the review of which I mentioned to you, I observe notice of the two following.

1st Parkhurst’s Greek & english Lexicon royal octavo £1.10

2d Greek english derivative Dictionary, 12mo, £0.4.6

To the best of my recollection, the Greek and English Lexicon which I used at school for the New Testament was Pasor, and I think it probable Parkhurst is also a general Lexicon; although not the one to which I alluded. Several gentlemen of whom I have enquired recollect the book, but do not remember the name. I have not been able to procure a general Index of the Edinburgh review or a complete set of the volumes—

I returned to Richmond about a fortnight ago after completing the survey of the Potowmack, the Rappahannock, York river, the Piankitank And the Bay shore, and would have proceeded to have surveyed the small rivers of Pamunkey, Matoponay and Chickahominy, had I not been taken ill with a bilious fever, upon my return to Richmond, which compells me to postpone them until next fall—I am still confined to my room; but will open school again the 2d monday of October. Mr Eppes is here at present, and he tells me he purposes to take his son Francis with him to Washington this winter—

I should be glad to receive a situation in the Central college when it opens, although if agreeable to the Trustees, I would prefer a mathematical department to a classical one. From the prospect which the subscription affords, I entertain hopes that a mathematical class as likewise other classes may go into operation at the same time as the classical one.

I remain with great respect and esteem your obliged humble servant

John Wood

RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello by Milton Albemarle”; stamped; postmarked Richmond, 2 Oct.; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Oct. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

The catalogue referenced by Wood was The London Catalogue of Books, with their Sizes and Prices (London, 1814), specifically pp. 242 and 247.

Index Entries

  • A Greek and English Lexicon to the New Testament (J. Parkhurst) search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • Burke, William; The Greek-English Derivative Dictionary search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; and proposed professorships search
  • Chesapeake Bay; survey of search
  • classics; collegiate education in search
  • Edinburgh Review; and review of Greek and English lexicon search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, in and around Washington, D.C. search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • fevers; bilious search
  • Greek language; lexicons search
  • health; fever search
  • Lexicon Græco-Latinum in Novum Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Testamentum (G. Pasor) search
  • mathematics; collegiate education in search
  • Parkhurst, John; A Greek and English Lexicon to the New Testament search
  • Pasor, George; Lexicon Græco-Latinum in Novum Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Testamentum search
  • Potomac River; surveying of search
  • Rappahannock River search
  • surveying; and new map of Va. search
  • The Greek-English Derivative Dictionary (W. Burke) search
  • The London Catalogue of Books, with their Sizes and Prices search
  • Virginia; surveys of search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); and Central College search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); and education of F. W. Eppes search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); as Va. state surveyor search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); health of search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); letters from search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); Richmond school of search
  • York River; survey of search