Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Taylor (for Reuben G. Beasley) to Thomas Jefferson, 1 October 1819

From Thomas Taylor (for Reuben G. Beasley)

Havre 1: October 1819


I have the honor to enclose a Bill of Lading for a case of Books received from Mess: De Bure Frères of Paris which I have shipped on board the Ship Comet, Capt Hall bound to New York, to the care of Mr Gellston—I have also forwarded a Bill of Lading to that Gentleman, with a request that he would send them on ⅌ first opportunity. When I last year shipped the case of Books ⅌ Dumfries, I omitted to receive from the Captain, the carriage from Paris, and the shipping Charges—I have therefore included them with the Charges incurred on the present Bale, and have received the whole of Capt Hall, amounting to ƒ31.50, which I have inserted in the Bill of Lading—The original Letter enclosing the Invoice is forwarded ⅌ Comet & another Letter received from the same Gentleman, containing I presume the Duplicate ⅌ Ship Asia, Capt: Sutherland.

I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, Sir, Your most obed: Serv:
for  R G Beasley
Thos Taylor

RC (MHi); entirely in Taylor’s hand; at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esq &c &c &c”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Beasley “by Thos Taylor” received 28 Nov. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. Dupl (MHi); in an unidentified hand, signed by Taylor; with notation in same unidentified hand at head of text: “Duplicate Original with Bill of Lading ⅌ Comet”; endorsed by TJ as a Dupl from Beasley by Taylor received 28 Nov. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. Dupl (DLC); address cover only; in same unidentified hand; with PoC of TJ to Horatio G. Spafford, 19 Mar. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire &c: &c: &c: Monticello. Virginia ⅌ asia”; stamped “SHIP”; franked; postmarked New York, 22 Nov. Enclosure: bill of lading, Le Havre, 24 Sept. 1819, according to which Beasley had shipped to TJ, bound for New York aboard the Ship Comet commanded by William Hall, “One Case Containing Books,” via David Gelston, customs collector for New York, who was to pay the freight of “Ten Dollars ⅌ Ton and Ten ⅌Cent Primage, in addition to Thirty One francs & fifty Ces received of Capt. Hall for Carraige from Paris &c:” (printed form in MHi, with blanks quoted above filled by a clerk, signed by Hall).

Index Entries

  • Asia (ship) search
  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; and books for TJ search
  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; consul at Le Havre search
  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; letters from search
  • Comet (ship) search
  • de Bure Frères (Paris firm); TJ purchases books from search
  • Dumfries (ship) search
  • Gelston, David; collector at New York search
  • Hall, William (ship captain) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Sutherland, Alexander (ship captain) search
  • Taylor, Thomas (of Le Havre); and books for TJ search
  • Taylor, Thomas (of Le Havre); letter from search