Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Laval, 3 May 1819

To John Laval

Monticello May 3. 19.


On my return from a journey I found here your favor of April 19. and also the Scapula safely arrived. I shall be glad to recieve further from you the Diodoro Siculo. 2. v. 4to and the Lexicon of Sanxay, if you can part with it separately. it is certainly not a connected part of the edition of Aristophanes, which I possess having been separately bought. these 4tos being too heavy for the mail I must pray you to do them well up in strong paper, and to put them on board a vessel bound to Richmond, addressed to me to the care of Capt Bernard Peyton commission mercht of Richmond, who will forward them.   I had much inclination for Grimm; but the price is too high. it is advertised at Paris at 5 a vol. but suppose it a dollar, a vol. or 17.D. the delay of getting it from thence is not worth the difference of 21.D. indeed I should suppose an advance of 50. per cent, generally sufficient to cover all expences & to leave a fair profit. however this is a case in which both seller & buyer have a right to make their own calculations. I salute you with esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Pierre Berès, Inc., New York City, 1947); at foot of text: “Mr Laval.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Aristophanes; Comœdiæ (ed. R. F. P. Brunck) search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • books; classical search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • books; of correspondence search
  • books; on history search
  • Brunck, Richard François Philippe; editsAristophanis Comœdiæ (Aristophanes) search
  • Comœdiæ (Aristophanes; ed. R. F. P. Brunck) search
  • Correspondance littéraire, philosophique et critique (F. M. Grimm) search
  • Diodorus Siculus; Storia Universale search
  • Estienne, Henri (Stepani; Stephani); Lexicon Græco-Latinum search
  • Greek language; lexicons search
  • Grimm, Friedrich Melchior, baron von; Correspondance littéraire, philosophique et critique search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; receives works search
  • Latin language; dictionaries search
  • Laval, John; and books for TJ search
  • Laval, John; letters to search
  • Lexicon Aristophanicum, Græco-Anglicum (J. Sanxay) search
  • Lexicon Græco-Latinum (H. Estienne; J. Scapula) search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Sanxay, James; Lexicon Aristophanicum, Græco-Anglicum search
  • Scapula, Johann; Lexicon Græco-Latinum search
  • Storia Universale (Diodorus Siculus) search