Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Laval to Thomas Jefferson, 23 December 1818

From John Laval

Philadelphia December 23d 1818


I have Sent, by this Morning’s Mail, the Nautical Almanac for 1819 ($1–50/100) no English Edition Could be had in Philadelphia.

Mr Dufief is detained, in London, to attend the Sale of a fourth Edition of his F. & E. Nature Displayed. he has Sent, from England & France, a large assortment of Books in different Languages & Branches of Literature, & Amongst them, a Considerable Number of rare & Valuable Works, Some out of Print. Part of those are already Sold, but there remain, Still, many deserving the attention of the Erudite of the U.S. they Will be included in a Catalogue, Now publishing, a Copy of Which, When printed, I Will do myself the honor to forward for Your inspection & Selection—

I remain With the highest respect Sir, Your Very humble Servant

John Laval

RC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Dec. 1818 from Laval writing for Nicolas G. Dufief and so recorded in SJL; additional notation by TJ beneath endorsement: “see Dufief.” RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Mathew Carey, 11 Mar. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thos. Jefferson Esq. Monticello—Va”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 23 Dec.

The nautical almanac sent by Laval was probably Edmund M. Blunt, Blunt’s Edition of the Nautical Almanac, and Astronomical Ephemeris for the year 1819 (New York, 1818; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 8 [no. 382]). f. & e.: “French and English.”

Index Entries

  • Blunt, Edmund March; Blunt’s Edition of the Nautical Almanac, and Astronomical Ephemeris for the year 1819 search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; Nature Displayed search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; travels to Europe search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogues from booksellers search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Laval, John; and N. G. Dufief’s business search
  • Laval, John; letters from search
  • Nature Displayed (N. G. Dufief) search
  • The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris (E. M. Blunt); sent to TJ search