Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Wood (of New York), 9 December 1818

To John Wood (of New York)

Monticello Dec. 9. 18.


It is very1 troublesome and difficult to make small and fractional remittances into other states. a proof of this is my present remittance of a 5. Dollar note of the Bank of Virginia, because one of the US. bank cannot be had in this interior part of the country. this I believe pays my subscription to the New York sales report to the end of the present year, after which, for the reason above mentioned, I must pray to be discontinued as a subscriber and I salute you with esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Cooper to TJ, 2 Sept. 1818; at foot of text: “Mr John Wood”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Wood John jr (successor of Eldredge),” with the additional notation: “Newspapers.” Recorded in SJL with the bracketed notation: “5.D.”

John Wood, printer, collaborated with Nathaniel T. Eldredge in 1816 in printing the New-York Public Sale Report. When that partnership dissolved in 1818, Wood became the sole publisher of the paper, which by 1820 had been renamed Wood’s New-York Sale Report and Price Current (Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 1:683, 706; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1349; New York Mercantile Advertiser, 21 Sept. 1818; Wood’s New-York Sale Report and Price Current, 5 Feb. 1820; Longworth’s New York Directory description begins Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, New York, 1796–1842 (title varies; cited by year of publication) description ends [1817]: 191, 457–8; [1818]: 362; [1819]: 433).

1Word interlined in place of “so.”

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