Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Peter S. Du Ponceau, 19 February 1818

To Peter S. Du Ponceau

Monticello Feb. 19. 18.

Dear Sir

your favor of Jan. 24. was duly recieved, and I now inclose you the supplements for the three hiatuses in your MS. all your references were found satisfactorily except that of March 9th to the words ‘bush, which is a beautiful evergreen, & may be cut into any shape.’ I found no such words under that date in the folio MS. and therefore had the whole of that day copied. it is the only instance I have found of any difference between the folio MS. and your larger one.

I salute you with friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “Mr Duponceau”; endorsed by Du Ponceau. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: 41-page extract from William Byrd’s “The History of the Dividing Line” (in Nicholas P. Trist’s hand, with catchwords in TJ’s hand at head and foot of final two passages; later bound with the MS in PPAmP).

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society, Historical and Literary Committee; and W. Byrd manuscripts search
  • American Philosophical Society, Historical and Literary Committee; TJ sends works to search
  • Byrd, William (1674–1744); The History of the Dividing Line search
  • Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen; and Historical and Literary Committee of the American Philosophical Society search
  • Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; sends manuscripts search
  • North Carolina; boundary with Va. search
  • The History of the Dividing Line (W. Byrd [1674–1744]); manuscript of search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; and W. Byrd’sHistory of the Dividing Line search
  • Virginia; boundary of with N.C. search