Thomas Jefferson Papers

Harrison Hall to Thomas Jefferson, 24 March 1818

From Harrison Hall

Philada March 24. 1818


I have been recently informed that you have prepared for the press, a new and improved edition of your “Notes on Virginia.” This work has always been in demand, and a correct edition would particularly command public attention. As I am yet young in the trade of publishing and selling books, the publication of this work would be of importance to me, and the more so, if I could obtain the Copy Right.

What your intentions may be in regard to this, I am ignorant, and probably I am taking a great liberty in addressing you at all on this subject, being entirely unknown to you, except as the publisher of the Port Folio and the Law Journal, to which you have been for some time a subscriber. I trust however, you will excuse this liberty, and if the publication of the work in question can be entrusted to me on terms agreeable to both parties I shall be much gratified.

I have the Honor to be with great respect Sir

Your Obt Servt

Harrison Hall

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 2 Apr. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Vaughan, 8 Apr. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello Va”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked (faint) Philadelphia, 2[6] Mar.

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