Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Milligan, 3 January 1818

To Joseph Milligan

Monticello Jan. 3. 18.

Dear Sir

My duty to mr Tracy does not permit me to be longer silent on the publication of the translation of his work. you were by agreement to have begun it July 4. 1816. eighteen months have elapsed, and we are at the 210th page of a work of 578. pages: at which rate we should be 3. years more in compleating it. but worse than that, since the 28th of April now 8. months1 two half sheets only have been sent to me. there must be some obstacle to the progress with which I am unacquainted. if you cannot print it off within a reasonable time, let me beseech you either to procure it’s completion without delay, or give it up and send me the MS. that I may make still another trial to get it done. I am tired of elaborating excuses to mr Tracy for failures for which I know none.

I sent you some books in Octob. to be bound. I hope they are done, & that you can send them on without delay. with them I will be glad if you will send me Lady Morgan’s France neatly bound, and at the same time a statement of my account which shall be immediately remitted. I assure you of my best wishes.

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Joseph Delaplaine to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Millegan”; endorsed by TJ.

lady morgan’s france: Sydney Owenson Morgan, France (3d American ed., Philadelphia, 1817; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 7 [no. 325]).

1Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • books; binding of for TJ search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • France (S. O. Morgan) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; binding of books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Milligan search
  • Milligan, Joseph; account with TJ search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • Milligan, Joseph; binds books for TJ search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters to search
  • Milligan, Joseph; TJ orders books from search
  • Morgan, Sydney Owenson; France search
  • political economy; works on search