Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Milligan to Thomas Jefferson, 20 November 1818

From Joseph Milligan

Georgetown November 20th 1818

Dear sir

I sent two complete copies of political Economy to you by post and I will on the 21st send you ten copies in boards to the care William F Gray in Fredericksburg

I will anounce the work in the Intelligencer on the first day of December, I propose to send a young man to Norfolk Petersburg & Richmond & perhaps to Lynchburg to promote the circulation and sale of work If you could give me a letter to one of your friends in each of those places it might bring the business forward more speedily I do not wish to impose a task on you but if I do not now make1 a vigerous effort to push the work it will fall stillborn from the press

I Sent you a little book on gardening thro post office which I trust reached you

respectfully yours

Joseph Milligan

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 28 Nov. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

The Washington Daily National intelligencer of 31 Dec. 1818 announced the publication of Destutt de Tracy, Treatise on Political Economy description begins Destutt de Tracy, A Treatise on Political Economy; to which is prefixed a supplement to a preceding work on the understanding, or Elements of Ideology, Georgetown, 1817 [1818]; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 11 (no. 700) description ends , and printed TJ to Milligan, [ca. 25 Oct. 1818]. The young man was James Thomas. For the little book on gardening, see Milligan to TJ, 30 Oct. 1818, and note.

1Manuscript: “mak.”

Index Entries

  • A Treatise on Gardening (J. Randolph) search
  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • books; on gardening search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • gardening; books on search
  • Gardiner, John (author); The American Gardener search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; and transmission of packages to and from TJ search
  • Hepburn, David; The American Gardener search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters from search
  • Milligan, Joseph; sends books to TJ search
  • National Intelligencer (Washington newspaper); and Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • political economy; works on search
  • Randolph, John (ca.1727–84); A Treatise on Gardening search
  • The American Gardener (J. Gardiner and D. Hepburn) search
  • Thomas, James; employee of J. Milligan search