Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Louis H. Girardin, 22 June 1819

To Louis H. Girardin

Monticello June 22. 19.

Dear Sir

Your favor of June 6. came safely to hand with the volume containing the Discourse of Descamps on the utilities of drawing which I have read with great pleasure, and now return. I found in the same vol. one or two other pieces of real merit: particularly the letter of Guingené to the frothy declaimer Chateaubriand, which is one of the finest pieces of irony and of polite persifflage I have ever met with. I thank you for the offer of any other of the volumes or of those of Sonini, which I have not now time to1 avail myself of. indeed I shall leave Monticello for my other home in Bedford about the 1st of July, and shall probably continue there three months. the broom seed is just now ripening & I will take care to have some saved for you. the catalogue of books which I mentioned to you was the ‘Manuel du libraire et de l’Amateur des livres par Brunet. 4. v. 8vo’ a book which by the references to it seems, for modern editions, to take the place of Debure for antient ones. but I was misunderstood when supposed to say that I was in possession of it. I had recently written for it, and expect it before winter, when it will be at your service. I salute you with friendly esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); addressed: “Mr Girardin Staunton”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 24 June. PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Benjamin Vaughan to TJ, 6 Apr. 1819; mutilated at seal, with one word rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: first enclosure to Girardin to TJ, 6 June 1819.

guingené: Pierre Louis Ginguené.

1TJ here canceled “read.”

Index Entries

  • Brunet, Jacques Charles; Manuel du Libraire et de l’Amateur de Livres search
  • Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de; Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière search
  • Chateaubriand, François Auguste René, vicomte de; mentioned search
  • de Bure, Guillaume François (1731–82) search
  • Descamps, Jean Baptiste; Sur l’Utilité des Établissemens des Écoles Gratuites de Dessein en Faveur des Métiers search
  • Ginguené, Pierre Louis search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; and scotch-broom seeds search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters to search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; library of search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; sends works search
  • Histoire Naturelle, Generale et Particuliere (G. L. L. Buffon; ed. C. N. S. Sonnini de Manoncourt) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; sends books search
  • Manuel du Libraire et de l’Amateur de Livres (J. C. Brunet) search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • scotch broom (plant) search
  • seeds; scotch broom search
  • Sonnini de Manoncourt, Charles Nicolas Sigisbert; editsHistoire Naturelle, Generale et Particuliere (G. L. L. Buffon) search
  • Sur l’Utilité des Établissemens des Écoles Gratuites de Dessein en Faveur des Métiers (J. B. Descamps) search