Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to de Bure Frères, 5 April 1818

To de Bure Frères

Monticello in Virginia Apr. 5. 18.

Messrs De Bure freres

Your letter of Oct. 23. was recieved on the 1st of January together with the books last furnished, which arrived in good order, altho, when getting on our coast so late as that, they are very liable to the ordinary damage of the winter storms. I did not know, till your letter informed me that the envoi of the former year had amounted to more than the bill of exchange netted. I now therefore desire my friend John Vaughan of Philadelphia to remit you 120. Dollars to cover that, as well as the small balance of the last year, & to send me so much of the catalogue on the back hereof as the remaining sum will pay for, beginning always at the top of the catalogue, and descending so far only as the funds will pay for. I must again press the execution of this commission with the least delay possible, that the books may arrive before the stormy season. should any of them be to be sought for abroad, I would not have the envoi delayed, but trust to your procuring them ready for my next application. Mr Beasly, our Consul at Havre will be so good as to recieve and forward them as before. I salute you with friendly respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MBU: Richards Manuscript Collection); written on a sheet folded to form four pages, with letter on p. 1, MS of enclosure on p. 2, notations by recipient on p. 3, and address on p. 4; addressed: “Messrs De Bure, freres libraires du Roi et de la bibliotheque du roi à Paris”; notations by a representative of de Bure Frères, at foot of text: “Recu un Duplicata le 12 aout; franco” (“Received a duplicate 12 August; free of charge”), and on p. 3: “

reçu lettre de change, au 23 aout 630.  
a payer a m Warden 88. } 103. 25
redu par l’envoi de 1817 15. 25
reste a depenser 526. 75
l’envoi du 22 7bre se monte a 323 
203. 75.
Nous avons payé m Warden Ce 29 aout 1818, Son reçu est dans les <reçus de librairie> Billets acquitter” (“
received letter of exchange, on 23 August 630.  
to pay to Mr. Warden 88. } 103. 25
remaining from the shipment of 1817 15. 25
remains to spend 526. 75
shipment of 22 September amounts to 323 
203. 75.
We paid Mr. Warden on 29 August 1818. His receipt is in the <receipts of the bookstore> paid bills).” PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Levi Hollingsworth to TJ, 31 Jan. 1818, with PoC of enclosure on recto of Hollingsworth address cover; endorsed by TJ; notation by TJ at foot of text:
“1816. balance 88
 1817. do 15 –25 D
103 –25 @ 5⅓ ƒ = 1 D comes to 19 .36
 1818. remitted him 120 .”
Recorded in SJL, with entry keyed by an asterisk to the following notation: “1st by Vaughan. May 4. 2tes Deptmt of State May 12.” Enclosed in TJ to John Vaughan, 8 Apr. 1818, TJ to Albert Gallatin, 9 Apr. 1818, TJ to Patrick Gibson, 10 Apr. 1818, and TJ to Daniel Brent, [ca. 12 May 1818].

envoi: “parcel; package.”

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; and books for TJ search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); letters to search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ’s account with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books &amp; Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books &amp; Library; purchases from de Bure Frères (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books &amp; Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business &amp; Financial Affairs; account with de Bure Frères search
  • Vaughan, John; makes payments for TJ search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and books for TJ search
  • weather; effect on shipping search