Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert Walsh to Thomas Jefferson, 6 July 1818

From Robert Walsh

Philadelphia July 6th 1818

Dear Sir

Not being able to resist my itch for scribbling, I have undertaken, in concert with Judge Cooper and a gentleman of New York, to contribute to a magazine of which I take the liberty of sending you two Numbers. The first article of each is of my doing, and the “Reflections on the Institutions of the Cherokees” are from the pen of Mr F. Gilmer so well known, and so piously attached, to you. The notices of new European books, & of the latest improvements may Serve to amuse a moment of your leisure.

In addition to what I have written in the magazine concerning Franklin, I have promised Mr Delaplaine to furnish him with a biographical sketch for his Repository, of the same illustrious philosopher. There is not, however, here, much of that kind of tradition concerning him, which would enable me to give an air of novelty or particular discrimination, to the performance.

I must not further obtrude upon you, unless it be to tender my respectful compts to Col & Mrs Randolph, and to renew the assurance of the profound consideration with which I am,

Dear Sir, Your very obt Servant

Robert Walsh Jr

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 19 July 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Farrar, 10 Nov. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre Monticello Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 7 July. Enclosure: Analectic Magazine, vol. 11, no. 6 (June 1818), and vol. 12, no. 1 (July 1818); Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 14 (no. 925).

Walsh’s first article of each of the enclosed magazine issues was a book review, the first a discussion of William Temple Franklin’s edition of Benjamin Franklin’s memoirs (pp. 449–84) and the second an essay on three accounts of Italian travel (pp. 1–36).

Index Entries

  • books; biographical search
  • Cherokee Indians; Reflections on the Institutions of the Cherokee Indians (F. W. Gilmer) search
  • Cooper, Thomas; andAnalectic Magazine search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; Delaplaine’s Repository search
  • Franklin, Benjamin; and J. Delaplaine’sRepository search
  • Franklin, William Temple; editsThe Private Correspondence of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. F.R.S. &c. search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; Reflections on the Institutions of the Cherokee Indians search
  • Indians, American; Cherokee search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans (J. Delaplaine) search
  • The Analectic Magazine search
  • Walsh, Robert; andAnalectic Magazine search
  • Walsh, Robert; letters from search