Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Branagan to Thomas Jefferson, 18 February 1818

From Thomas Branagan

Philadelphia Feby 18: 1818


Being about puting to press a new Edition of the “Pleasures of Contemplation” I humbly solicit your Signature to this paper & also if convenient your Criticism on the copy of The former edition Which I sent your excellency by Post

and So aid the cause of truth for Which I will be truly thankfull I Wish to present you with a correct Copy1 handsomely bound from yours &C

The author

Please direct thus—   For Tho Branagan author of “Rights of God” Philada

NB I earnestly desire to leave out all exceptionable parts in the former Edition

RC (DLC); addressed: “The Hon Thos Jefferson author of ‘Notes on Virginia’ Montecello”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 28 Feb.; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Mar. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: prospectus and subscription form for publication by Abbott & Eastwick, of Philadelphia, of a new edition of [Branagan], The Pleasures of Contemplation, stating that the work will contain 240 duodecimo pages, “be printed on good paper, with neat type, and handsomely bound in leather, and lettered on the back,” and bear a “handsome Copperplate Frontispiece,” at a cost of $1, with payment due on delivery (undated broadside on verso of covering letter; with blanks at foot for subscribers’ names, addresses, and number of copies ordered).

1Reworked from “edition.”

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