Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Mathew Carey, 29 January 1819

To Mathew Carey

Monticello Jan. 29. 19.


Your favors of the 13th and 18th reached me both on the 24th and I now inclose you 15.D. in bills of the US. bank to cover the balance of 14.75 D stated in your account.

I observe that Baines’s History is merely what it’s title announces, that of the Wars of the French revolution. he consequently passes over in 20. or 30. pages the preliminary troubles of France which produced those wars, and which occupy 2. of the 7. vols of the inestimable history of Toulongeon, & by far the most interesting and instructive part of the history of the French revolution. I had begun to read Baines, but the unwieldiness of a 4to vol. in my old & feeble hands rendered it too fatiguing, and I have laid it by, supposing that before this they have published an 8vo edition in England1 and that if you should get an 8vo copy you will have the goodness to exchange it with me for the 4to which will be a great obligation. has your religious Olive branch been published yet? I shall be glad of a copy when it is. I salute you with friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, ser. 9); at foot of text: “Mr Matthew Carey”; with calculation at foot of text in an unidentified hand. PoC (DLC); on verso of James Brown (for James Leitch) to TJ, [ca. 21 Jan. 1819] (see note to TJ to Thomas Cooper, 22 Jan. 1819); hole in manuscript, with damaged word rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL with additional bracketed notation “15.D.”

Carey’s religious olive branch, eventually published as A Roland for an Oliver. Letters on Religious Persecution (Philadelphia, 1826), was issued anonymously as the work of “A Catholic Layman.”

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • A Roland for an Oliver. Letters on Religious Persecution (“A Catholic Layman” [M. Carey]) search
  • Baines, Edward; History of the Wars of the French Revolution search
  • Bank of the United States, Second; currency of search
  • Carey, Mathew; and publication of books on history search
  • Carey, Mathew; A Roland for an Oliver. Letters on Religious Persecution (written under pseudonym of “A Catholic Layman”) search
  • Carey, Mathew; letters to search
  • Carey, Mathew; TJ pays search
  • French Revolution; works on search
  • Histoire de France (F. E. Toulongeon) search
  • History of the Wars of the French Revolution (E. Baines) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; preferred physical characteristics search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with Mathew Carey & Son search
  • religion; works on search
  • Toulongeon, François Emmanuel, vicomte de; Histoire de France search