Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James H. McCulloch, 9 February 1819

To James H. McCulloch

Monticello Feb. 9. 19.

Dear Sir

I recieved two days ago a letter of Oct. 24. from de Bure freres, booksellers of Paris, referring to one of Oct. 1. which should have accompanied the box of books you were so kind as to recieve & forward me. this letter of Oct. 1. undoubtedly covered the invoice, & has miscarried; and as their expectation that I have recieved it may prevent their sending a duplicate, the inclosed letter to mr Beasley covers one to them, requesting their immediate transmission of a duplicate of the invoice.

In the mean time you may possibly be able to settle the duties from the following statement.

fr. c D c
their supply of 1817 placed me in their debt 103 25 say 19. 36
in the spring of 1818. I remitted them 120.
which would leave a balance in my favor of 100. 64

I sent at the same time an invoice amounting as I supposed to about that balance, but expressly instructing them not to send beyond the amount of the balance. and this I am persuaded they have observed, as I have no conception that the 30. vols 8vo in the box now recieved1 can have cost 100.D. in Paris. but if you think proper to settle the duties on the balance of 100.64 D I will immediately remit them according to the settlement you shall notify to me,2 and should the duplicate invoice shew an error against the custom house, I will immediately make it known to you and rectify it.

Be pleased to accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I have left the letters open for your perusal, that you may see the footing on which I place the application. be so good as to stick a wafer in that to mr Beasly before transmitting it, which I trust can be readily done from your port.

RC (Nancy McGlashan, Queens, N.Y., 1998); torn at seal, with missing text supplied from PoC. PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “James H. McCulloch”; endorsed by TJ.

The inclosed letters of 9 Feb. 1819 from TJ to Reuben G. Beasley (address cover only in DLC; with PoC of TJ to Louis H. Girardin, 22 Sept. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Reuben G. Beasley esquire Consul of the US. of America at Havre”) and to de Bure Frères (address cover only in ViW: TC-JP; with PoC of TJ to John Pickering, 22 Sept. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Messrs DeBure freres libraires à Paris. recommended to the care of mr Beasly Consul of the US. at Havre”), not found, are recorded in SJL. Both entries were later canceled, with the additional notation: “returned” (see McCulloch to TJ, 8 Mar. 1819).

1Preceding five words interlined separately in RC and PoC, with final word abbreviated “recd” in latter.

2Superfluous second comma editorially omitted.

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; consul at Le Havre search
  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; letter to accounted for search
  • books; tariffs on search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); invoices from search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); letters to accounted for search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ’s account with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; account with de Bure Frères search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; Invoices from de Bure Frères search
  • McCulloch, James Hugh (father of James H. McCulloh); collector at Baltimore search
  • McCulloch, James Hugh (father of James H. McCulloh); letters to search
  • taxes; customs search