Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Milligan, 29 November 1818

To Joseph Milligan

Monticello Nov. 29. 18.

Dear Sir

Your’s of the 20th is just now recieved. the book of gardening had come to hand in due time, and I observe in it some useful additions; particularly that on the vine. the 2. copies of Tracy were also recieved, and one of them immediately put under1 cover for Mr Tracy. for these books accept my thanks. the 10. copies shall be distributed to such gentlemen as I think most likely to recommend the work. you ask letters from me to divers places to encorage the purchase of the book. but no stronger letter can be written than that prefixed to the book, and being no longer equal to the labors of the writing table, I have withdrawn myself from all letter writing but on my own affairs. [as] to the book’s falling, it is possible it may not sell as rapidly [as] if written by Mde Genlis or Hanah Moore; but while Euclid and Locke hold their ground, this like them will be the elementary book of the science it teaches, and will be in the hands of every one who wishes to become acquainted with it. altho’ I think that two and twenty legislatures & double that number of colleges & academies should devour such a work in an hour, yet time will be necessary for them to know it’s merits & it’s eminence.

I am making up a box of about 40. vols to be forwarded to you by the stage of which I shall pray immediate dispatch in the binding, there being among them some books of daily and indispensable use. I salute you with friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Richard N. Thweatt to TJ, 31 July 1818; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Millegan”; endorsed by TJ.

The letter prefixed to 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 , is TJ to Milligan, [ca. 25 Oct. 1818].

1Manuscript: “unver.”

Index Entries

  • A Treatise on Gardening (J. Randolph) search
  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • books; binding of for TJ search
  • books; on gardening search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Euclid; writings of search
  • gardening; books on search
  • Gardiner, John (author); The American Gardener search
  • Genlis, Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de; works of search
  • Hepburn, David; The American Gardener search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; binding of books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Destutt de Tracy’s works search
  • Locke, John; mentioned search
  • Milligan, Joseph; and Destutt de Tracy’sTreatise on Political Economy search
  • Milligan, Joseph; binds books for TJ search
  • Milligan, Joseph; letters to search
  • Milligan, Joseph; sends books to TJ search
  • More, Hannah; works of 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