Thomas Jefferson Papers

Anthony Finley to Thomas Jefferson, 3 August 1818

From Anthony Finley

Philada August 3d 1818


Your “Notes on Virginia,” having become scarce, and being frequently enquired for, I take the liberty of writing to you relative to them, and asking your permission to print an edition, if you have not made an arrangement for that purpose elsewhere.

If I should reprint it, I would be glad to have a corrected copy for my printer to use, that he might avoid the errors which crept into some of the former editions. My object would be to make a handsome octavo volume.

When you have leisure you will oblige me by a few lines—and I would also thank you to say whether you could make any additions which you think would enhance the value of the work

You will, I trust, sir, excuse the liberty I have taken, to which I am prompted by a desire of seeing a well executed edition of your valuable “Notes” in circulation.

I am, very respectfully, Your obt st

Anthy Finley

P. S. I send accompanying a sheet of my edition of Dr smiths Moral Sentiments, as a specimen of the type, & manner in which I think the “Notes” should be printed.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 1 Sept. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Albert Gallatin, 24 Nov. 1818, on recto and verso; addressed: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 3 Aug.

Finley enclosed a printed sheet, not found, from his edition of Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Philadelphia, 1817).

Index Entries

  • Finley, Anthony; letter from search
  • Finley, Anthony; proposes revised edition of TJ’sNotes on the State of Virginia search
  • Finley, Anthony; sends typesetting sample to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Notes on the State of Virginia search
  • Notes on the State of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson); revised edition proposed search
  • Smith, Adam; The Theory of Moral Sentiments search
  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments (A. Smith) search