Thomas Jefferson Papers

Gabriel Crane to Thomas Jefferson, 24 May 1819

From Gabriel Crane

Waynesville May 24–1819


I am at length directed to inform You that I shall probably get the Science prepared for the press in the course of the ensueing Summer or early in the fall and that When it is announced in the papers Ten thousand dollars will be accepted of You or Twenty thousand When You have Seen the Work if You take proper measures to obtain it promptly When publish’d—This is the Ultimatum by Your decission Respecting it You will have to abide in time and Eternity—

Gabriel Crane

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 24 June 1819, with additional notation “insane,” and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Francis W. Gilmer, 26 Dec. 1820, on verso; addressed: “To The Honbl Thomas Jefferson Virginia”; franked; postmarked Waynesville, 26 May.

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