Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Reuben G. Beasley, 8 April 1818

To Reuben G. Beasley

Monticello Apr. 8. 18.


Your favor of Sep. 29. came safely to hand, as did also the Case of books from Messrs De Bure which you were so kind as to forward. your position at a seaport town, the threshold, as it were, of Paris, must expose you to much trouble from the numerous correspondents with that place. I am afraid I shall once in every year be obliged to ask your intermediary office between myself and my booksellers, to whom I am now writing for a further supply. at any port of the Chesapeak, or North of that, if consigned to the Collector of the port, he will pay the freight and charges for me and forward them to Richmond, my immediate port. for this I can make you [nei]ther return nor apology, but by sentiments of gratitude and of the desire to be useful to you in any way in which my retired situation could render me so; with my thankfulness for the past be so good as to accept assurances of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of James Madison to TJ, 29 Mar. 1818; mutilated at seal; adjacent to signature: “B. Beasley esq.”; with note by TJ at foot of text: “original thro mr Vaughan duplicate thro’ depmt state & mr Gallatin” (recorded in SJL, with entry keyed by an asterisk to the following notation: “1st by Vaughan. May 4. 2tes Deptmt of State May 12”); endorsed by TJ. 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].

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; and books for TJ search
  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; letter to search
  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; purchases from de Bure Frères (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search