Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Robert Walsh, 20 July 1818

To Robert Walsh

Monticello July 20. 18.

Dear Sir

On my return from Poplar Forest the day before yesterday I found here your favor of the 6th with the two Nos of the Analectic magazine, for which I thank you. on learning that yourself and judge Cooper were to contribute to that work, I had determined to become a subscriber, and knowing of no one in this state who is authorised to recieve subscriptions to it, I will avail myself of this occasion of praying you to have my name set down as a subscriber. I have not yet had time to look over the Nos you were so kind as to send me, but know beforehand that I shall recieve pleasure & information from whatever comes from either yourself or Judge Cooper. still the plan of this work will not fill the void which is made by the discontinuance of the American register. I looked to that work to keep us up with the new advances of science in Europe.   The buildings for our Central college are going on with some spirit, and during the next week is the meeting of the Commissioners who are to report to the legislature whether it ought not to be adopted for the University; and of such a report I have little doubt.1 in that case I think we shall make it a place of note.   I am still to apologize for not returning your Grimm; and am constantly pressing it’s readers here to get thro’ it. in the hope I might save the risk of it’s return by stage I had written to M. Carey to know if a copy could be had there which could be delivered you at short hand; but he informs me no one can be had. your own therefore shall be returned with little further delay.   Accept the assurance of my friendly esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (facsimile in James D. Julia Auctioneers, Fairfield, Maine, online auction catalogue, 22–24 Aug. 2006, lot 819); at foot of text: “Mr Walsh.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of otherwise unlocated letter from William Pope to TJ and Thomas Mann Randolph (1768–1828), 5 May 1818 (see note to Salma Hale to David Hale, 5 May 1818, document 1 in a group of documents on Salma Hale’s Visit to Monticello, 7–8 May 1818); endorsed by TJ.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • American Register; or Summary Review of History, Politics, and Literature (ed. R. Walsh) search
  • Carey, Mathew; and books for TJ search
  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • Cooper, Thomas; andAnalectic Magazine search
  • Correspondance littéraire, philosophique et critique (F. M. Grimm) search
  • Grimm, Friedrich Melchior, baron von; Correspondance littéraire, philosophique et critique search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • The Analectic Magazine search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ meeting at Rockfish Gap search
  • Walsh, Robert; andAnalectic Magazine search
  • Walsh, Robert; editor ofAmerican Register; or Summary Review of History, Politics, and Literature search
  • Walsh, Robert; letters to search